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A staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapling device. The stapling device has an actuator that is selectively actuatable in an axial direction and an anvil that is moveable between open and closed positions. The staple cartridge comprises a plurality of staples and a first plurality of staple drivers. Each staple driver has an upper staple supporting surface for supporting one of the staples such that, when actuated, each staple driver drives the staple into the anvil. The upper staple supporting surface supports staples of different wire diameters in an upright position.

Title
Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples
Application Number
11/711977
Publication Number
7673781 (B2)
Application Date
February 28, 2007
Publication Date
March 9, 2010
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Joseph C Hueil
Loveland
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Agent
Dean Garner
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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