05833690 is referenced by 760 patents and cites 27 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 device and method
Application Number
95797
Publication Number
5833690
Application Date
April 4, 1997
Publication Date
November 10, 1998
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
Bernard Shay
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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