Surgical fastener cartridges with driver stabilizing arrangements

  • US 9,833,241 B2
  • Filed: 06/30/2014
  • Issued: 12/05/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A fastener cartridge for use with a surgical instrument, wherein the fastener cartridge comprises:

  • a cartridge body comprising a deck and at least one staple pocket, wherein each said staple pocket comprises an opening in said deck and defines an inner pocket surface; and

    a driver movably positioned in at least one said staple pocket and supporting a surgical fastener thereon, said driver comprising;

    a driver body including an outer surface portion that confronts said inner pocket surface of said staple pocket in which said driver body is movably positioned; and

    at least one feature extending laterally from said outer surface portion and being movably positioned against said inner pocket surface;

    wherein said driver body further comprises a first driver portion comprising;

    a first proximal driver portion including a first proximal outer surface portion; and

    a first distal driver portion including a first distal outer surface portion and wherein said at least one laterally extending feature comprises a first proximal support column extending laterally from said first proximal outer surface portion and a first distal support column extending laterally from said first distal outer surface portion.

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