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A method and an apparatus for selectively coagulating blood vessels or tissue containing blood vessels involves the placement of the blood vessels or tissue containing blood vessels between the prongs of a forceps with the jaws of the forceps containing a plurality of electrodes which are energized by radio-frequency power. A plurality of sensors are associated with the electrodes and in contact with the vessels or tissue in order to measure the temperature rise of the tissue or blood vessels and to provide a feedback to the radio-frequency power in order to control the heating to perform coagulation of the vessels or tissue. In a further development, the upper prong of the device is split into two parts with a cutting blade between the two upper parts in order to provide for cutting of the coagulated vessels subsequent to the coagulation. The cutting may be accomplished either mechanically or with an electrosurgical cutting device.

Title
Coagulating forceps
Application Number
46683
Publication Number
5443463
Application Date
August 16, 1993
Publication Date
August 22, 1995
Inventor
Robert L Marion
San Jose
CA, US
Vincent N Sullivan
San Jose
CA, US
Richard M Soderstrom
Seattle
WA, US
Roger A Stern
Cupertino
CA, US
Agent
Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt
Assignee
Vesta Medical
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/39
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