Layer comprising deployable attachment members

  • US 9,788,834 B2
  • Filed: 02/08/2013
  • Issued: 10/17/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, wherein the surgical stapler includes an anvil configured for a facing relationship with said staple cartridge assembly, and wherein the anvil includes a slot, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:

  • a staple cartridge body, comprising;

    a plurality of staple cavities; and

    a plurality of staples positioned within said staple cavities;

    a layer, comprising;

    a body that is arrangeable relative to a surface of the anvil of the surgical stapler; and

    a deployable attachment member formed in said body, wherein said deployable attachment member is movable between an undeployed position and a deployed position, said attachment member is substantially in a plane defined by said body when said attachment member is in said undeployed position, wherein when said deployable attachment member is in said deployed position, said attachment member extends from said plane of said body, and wherein in said deployed position said deployable attachment member is configured to engage the slot in the anvil of the surgical stapler;

    a retainer that is releasably engaged with said staple cartridge body and is positioned intermediate said staple cartridge body and said layer, said retainer comprising;

    a surface configured to support at least a portion of said body of said layer against the anvil; and

    a deployment member configured to deploy said deployable attachment member of said layer into the slot of the anvil after said layer is supported against the anvil.

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