Retainer assembly including a tissue thickness compensator

  • US 9,883,861 B2
  • Filed: 06/22/2015
  • Issued: 02/06/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A stapling system for stapling tissue, comprising:

  • a cartridge, comprising;

    a deck;

    staple cavities defined in said deck; and

    staples removably stored in said staple cavities;

    an anvil configured to deform said staples, wherein said anvil comprises a longitudinal slot configured to receive a firing member of a surgical instrument; and

    an applicator, comprising;

    a handle attachable to said cartridge;

    a laminate scaffold, comprising;

    a film mesh layer;

    a fibrous polyglactin layer; and

    a polyethylene glycol absorbable polymer adhesive for releasably holding said film mesh layer to said anvil; and

    a centrally-disposed alignment feature configured to align said laminate scaffold relative to said anvil,wherein said applicator is configured to apply said laminate scaffold to the surgical instrument, and wherein said alignment feature is configured to be received in said longitudinal slot when said laminate scaffold is applied to the surgical instrument.

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