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An surgical stapling instrument is provided which uses a thermogenic energy preferably bipolar radiofrequency energy for cauterization and/or welding tissue. The instrument compresses tissue between one pole of a bipolar energy sources contained on a first interfacing surface and a second pole of a bipolar energy source contained on a second interfacing surface. Staples and thermogenic energy are applied to the compressed tissue. In a preferred embodiment a cutting element for cutting tissue is incorporated into the instrument.

Title
Electrosurgical stapling device
Application Number
96154
Publication Number
5735848
Application Date
April 20, 1995
Publication Date
April 7, 1998
Inventor
Steven H Mersch
Germantown
OH, US
Jesse J Kuhns
Cincinnati
OH, US
David C Yates
West Chester
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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