US 11,051,817 B2
Method for forming a staple against an anvil of a surgical stapling instrument
Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hillsboro, OH (US); Jeffrey S. Swayze, West Chester, OH (US); and Chester O. Baxter, III, Loveland, OH (US)
Assigned to Cilag GmbH International, Zug (CH)
Filed by Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, PR (US)
Filed on May 29, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/425,256.
Application 16/425,256 is a continuation of application No. 14/836,411, filed on Aug. 26, 2015, granted, now 10,357,251.
Prior Publication US 2019/0388093 A1, Dec. 26, 2019
Int. Cl. A61B 17/064 (2006.01); A61B 17/10 (2006.01); A61B 17/072 (2006.01); A61B 17/115 (2006.01); A61L 31/02 (2006.01); A61L 31/10 (2006.01); A61L 31/14 (2006.01); A61B 17/068 (2006.01); A61B 17/32 (2006.01); A61B 17/04 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/11 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01); A61B 17/06 (2006.01); A61B 17/29 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/105 (2013.01) [A61B 17/0469 (2013.01); A61B 17/064 (2013.01); A61B 17/068 (2013.01); A61B 17/0644 (2013.01); A61B 17/072 (2013.01); A61B 17/07207 (2013.01); A61B 17/07292 (2013.01); A61B 17/115 (2013.01); A61B 17/1155 (2013.01); A61B 17/32 (2013.01); A61L 31/022 (2013.01); A61L 31/10 (2013.01); A61L 31/148 (2013.01); A61B 17/00491 (2013.01); A61B 17/0401 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00004 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00398 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00526 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00831 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00889 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00893 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00964 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0464 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0472 (2013.01); A61B 2017/06042 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0645 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07214 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07221 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07228 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07235 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07242 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07264 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07271 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07278 (2013.01); A61B 2017/1142 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2929 (2013.01); A61B 2017/320052 (2013.01); A61B 2090/037 (2016.02); A61B 2090/038 (2016.02); A61B 2090/08021 (2016.02)] 19 Claims
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6. A method for forming a staple against an anvil of a surgical stapling instrument, wherein the staple comprises a base defining a drive plane, a first leg extending from the base, and a second leg extending from the base, the method comprising:
deploying the first leg from a staple cavity defined in a staple cartridge positioned in the surgical stapling instrument into a first forming pocket of the anvil;
supporting the first leg by a first projection that extends from the staple cartridge while deploying the first leg;
bending the first leg in the first forming pocket a first direction non-parallel to the drive plane;
deploying the second leg from the staple cavity defined in the staple cartridge positioned in the surgical stapling instrument into a second forming pocket of the anvil;
supporting the second leg by a second projection that extends from the staple cartridge while deploying the second leg; and
bending the second leg in the second forming pocket a second direction non-parallel to the drive plane, wherein at least a region of the staple is unsupported by the first projection and the second projection.