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A surgical stapling device. Stapling device may comprise an end effector and a plurality of stacked actuatable wedge band sets. Each stacked wedge band set comprises at least two different-level wedge bands for axially traversing the end effector. Each wedge band comprises a wedge cam at its distal end for driving certain ones of the staple drivers when the wedge band is actuated. A first of the two wedge bands in the stacks rides on a second of the two wedge bands in the stacks such that the staple drivers are driven in successive stages by the at least two wedge bands when the wedge bands are driven in succession. The cumulative height of a first of the plurality of stacked wedge band sets is less than a cumulative height of a second of the plurality of stacked wedge band sets.

Title
Surgical stapling device with multiple stacked actuator wedge cams for driving staple drivers
Application Number
11/712315
Publication Number
7500979 (B2)
Application Date
February 28, 2007
Publication Date
March 10, 2009
Inventor
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Joseph C Hueil
Loveland
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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