Fastener cartridge for creating a flexible staple line

  • US 9,801,627 B2
  • Filed: 09/26/2014
  • Issued: 10/31/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/26/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A fastener cartridge for creating a staple line within tissue, said fastener cartridge comprising:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a longitudinal slot configured to receive a cutting member; and

    a plurality of fastener cavities; and

    a plurality of fasteners, wherein said fasteners are removably stored in said fastener cavities, wherein said fasteners and said fastener cavities are arranged in a pattern which provides flexibility within the staple line, and wherein said pattern comprises;

    a first longitudinal row comprising fasteners oriented in a first direction, wherein said first longitudinal row is adjacent said longitudinal slot;

    a second longitudinal row comprising fasteners oriented in a second direction, wherein said second direction is different than said first direction, and wherein said second longitudinal row is adjacent said first longitudinal row; and

    a third longitudinal row comprising fasteners oriented in a third direction, wherein said third longitudinal row is adjacent said second longitudinal row.

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