2008-023335 is referenced by 5 patents.

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a forceps which includes an electrode assembly having pre-heated electrodes, allowing a user to selectively seal and/or incise tissue.SOLUTION: This electrode assembly having a pair of counter first and second jaw members is provided. At least one of the jaw members can be moved toward the other jaw member from the first position to the second position, and each jaw member includes at least one electrically conductive tissue sealing surface extending along a length thereof, each tissue sealing surface is adapted to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy such that at least one of the tissue sealing surfaces are capable of conducting electrosurgical energy through tissue held therebetween to effect a seal. The assembly includes at least one heating element disposed within at least one of the jaw members. The heating element is configured to pre-heat the electrically conductive tissue sealing surfaces before electrosurgical energy is applied.

Title
Vessel sealing instrument with pre-heated electrode
Application Number
2007-185042
Publication Number
2008-023335
Application Date
July 13, 2007
Publication Date
February 7, 2008
Inventor
Denham Amy
Weinberg Craig
Odom Darren
Assignee
Covidien
IPC
A61B 18/14
A61B 18/04