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A surgical stapling device that comprises an end effector. According to various embodiments, the end effector comprises a circular anvil having a staple forming surface and a plurality of staples facing the staple forming surface of the anvil. The end effector also comprises a staple driver assembly comprising a plurality of staple drivers. Each staple driver supports one of the plurality of staples and is configured such that, when the staple driver assembly is actuated, each staple driver drives the staple into the staple forming surface of the anvil. A first quantity of the plurality of staple drivers has a first height and a second quantity of the plurality of staple drivers has a second height, wherein the first height is less than the second height.

Title
Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths
Application Number
11/711979
Publication Number
8317070 (B2)
Application Date
February 28, 2007
Publication Date
November 27, 2012
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Joseph C Hueil
Loveland
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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