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A staple drive member for a surgical stapling apparatus. The staple drive member is capable of driving up to three staples at a time and comprises a body portion having a camming surface at its proximal end contacted by a transversely moving cam, and three rectangular staple pusher plates oriented in a staggered arrangement such that two outside plates are located predominantly at the proximal end, and one middle plate is located predominantly at the distal end.

Title
Three staple drive member
Application Number
7/358547
Publication Number
4978049
Application Date
May 26, 1989
Publication Date
December 18, 1990
Inventor
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Agent
Rocco S Barrese
Thomas R Dilworth Peter G Bremer
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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