Fastener cartridge assembly comprising a cam and driver arrangement

  • US 9,795,382 B2
  • Filed: 08/20/2013
  • Issued: 10/24/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A fastener cartridge assembly, comprising:

  • a cartridge body;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a plurality of fastener cavities;

    a slot configured to receive a cutting member;

    a row of first fasteners removably stored in said cartridge body, wherein said row of first fasteners extends between said proximal end and said distal end along a first side of said slot;

    a row of second fasteners removably stored in said cartridge body, wherein said row of second fasteners extends between said proximal end and said distal end;

    a first fastener driver configured to support a first fastener;

    a second fastener driver configured to support a second fastener; and

    a sled movable toward said distal end, wherein said sled comprises;

    a first ramp configured to lift said first fastener driver and said first fastener toward an anvil, wherein the anvil and said first fastener driver are configured to cooperatively deform said first fastener to a first fired height; and

    a second ramp configured to lift said second fastener driver and said second fastener toward the anvil, wherein the anvil and said second fastener driver are configured to cooperatively deform said second fastener to a second fired height, wherein said second fired height is different than said first fired height, and wherein said first ramp is positioned distally with respect to said second ramp.

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