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An apparatus for closing and sealing a vascular puncture is connected to an energy supply such that heat is generated in, or thermally conducted to, the tissue, thereby thermally fusing the vascular tissue together. The method for closing and sealing a vascular puncture comprises applying radio frequency or other energy to the tissue, the energy being sufficient to thermally fuse the tissue together, thus sealing the puncture. Embodiments of depth finding and guiding devices, as well as blood vessel occluders, are also disclosed.

Title
Apparatus and method for sealing vascular punctures
Application Number
873955
Publication Number
5810810
Application Date
June 6, 1995
Publication Date
September 22, 1998
Inventor
Thomas Holman
Minneapolis
MN, US
Hans Mische
St. Cloud
MN, US
Kemal Schankereli
Stillwater
MN, US
Sew Wah Tay
Plymouth
MN, US
Agent
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Agent
Steven P Shurtz
Assignee
Scimed Life Systems
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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