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A surgical stapling apparatus includes a staple cartridge and an anvil member. The staple cartridge includes a plurality of surgical fasteners disposed in rows of retention slots. The staple cartridge may have an annular or linear configuration of retention slots. The tissue contacting surface of the staple cartridge may be tapered or stepped. The anvil member has a tissue contacting surface that includes a number of pockets arranged for substantially aligning with the retention slots. In addition, the tissue contacting surface of the anvil member may complement the tissue contacting surface of the staple cartridge.

Title
Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes
Application Number
11/592566
Publication Number
7398908 (B2)
Application Date
November 3, 2006
Publication Date
July 15, 2008
Inventor
Nicola Cullinan
Bethal
CT, US
Russell Heinrich
Madison
CT, US
John W Beardsley
Wallingford
CT, US
Clifford L Emmons
Oakville
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Henry E Holsten
Covington
GA, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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