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A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge comprises a staple cartridge body comprising a first side, a second side, and an elongated slot comprising a first lateral side and a second lateral side. The staple cartridge body further comprises, one, a deck having elevationally offset first and second portions, and, two, a plurality of staple cavities. The staple cartridge further comprises a plurality of staples comprising, one, a first row of staples supported a first forming distance from an anvil and formed against the anvil to a first deformed height and, two, a second row of staples supported a second forming distance from the anvil and formed against the anvil to a second deformed height, wherein the second deformed height is different than the first deformed height, and wherein the second forming distance is different than the first forming distance.

Title
Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights
Application Number
14/64940
Publication Number
9307988 (B2)
Application Date
October 28, 2013
Publication Date
April 12, 2016
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
PR, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/115
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/064
A61B 17/072
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