05403312 is referenced by 1404 patents and cites 17 patents.

An electrosurgical instrument is provided for cauterization and/or welding of tissue of varying impedances, thicknesses and vascularity especially in the performance of endoscopic procedures. The instrument compresses the tissue between one pole of a bipolar energy source located on one interfacing surface, and a second interfacing surface. A second pole is located one of the two interfacing surfaces. In a preferred embodiment, the second pole is located on the same interfacing surface as the first pole and an insulator electrically isolates the two poles. A preferred application of the invention is in a cutting instrument wherein a hemostatic line is formed along a cut line using RF energy.

Title
Electrosurgical hemostatic device
Application Number
8/95797
Publication Number
5403312
Application Date
July 22, 1993
Publication Date
April 4, 1995
Inventor
Richard P Nuchols
Loveland
OH, US
Martin Madden
Loveland
OH, US
Steven H Mersch
Germantown
OH, US
Jesse J Kuhns
Cincinnati
OH, US
David C Yates
West Chester
OH, US
Agent
Susan M Schmitt
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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