Fastener cartridge comprising a tissue thickness compensator and a gap setting element

  • US 9,795,384 B2
  • Filed: 03/27/2013
  • Issued: 10/24/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/27/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A fastener cartridge for use with a fastening instrument including an anvil and a longitudinally movable firing member, said fastener cartridge comprising:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a deck; and

    fastener cavities;

    fasteners removably stored in said cartridge body in an unfired position, wherein said fasteners are movable into a fired position;

    a compressible tissue thickness compensator positioned on said deck, wherein said fasteners are configured to capture a portion of said tissue thickness compensator therein when said fasteners are moved from said unfired position to said fired position; and

    a flexible gap-setting element extending from said cartridge body, wherein said gap-setting element establishes a relative position between the anvil and said tissue thickness compensator, and wherein the firing member contacts said gap-setting element to cause said gap-setting element to flex toward said deck of said cartridge body when the firing member approaches a distal end of said cartridge body.

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