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A bipolar electrosurgical tool comprises a retractable cutting element movable along a cutting path and an electrical energy supply source which communicates electrical energy (e.g., radio frequency energy) through one or more energy delivering electrodes associated with a tissue affecting portion of the tool to tissue adjacent the electrodes. One or more additional electrodes, such as return electrodes, form a second pole of the bipolar electrical connection are also associated with the tissue affecting portion and are electrically isolated from the energy delivering electrode. Various combinations of electrically conductive and electrically isolated elements associated with the tissue affecting portion of the device can be used as the two poles of the bipolar system.

Title
Alternative current pathways for bipolar surgical cutting tool
Application Number
786752
Publication Number
5531744
Application Date
December 1, 1994
Publication Date
July 2, 1996
Inventor
Steven H Mersch
Germantown
OH, US
Martin Madden
Loveland
OH, US
Richard P Nuchols
Loveland
OH, US
Jesse J Kuhns
Cincinnati
OH, US
David C Yates
West Chester
OH, US
Paul C Nardella
Wareham
MA, US
Agent
William C Lahive & Cockfield Geary III
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
Medical Scientific
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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