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An electrosurgical instrument is provided for cauterization and/or welding of tissue of varying impedance, thickness, compressibility, density, vascularity, etc., especially in the performance of endoscopic procedures. The instrument provides two electrodes of different electrical potentials. One electrode is moveable with respect to the other electrode to vary the distances between the electrodes and thus the impedance of the tissue as presented to the generator. The electrode distances may be varied by an automated or user controlled device.

Title
Electrosurgical hemostatic device with adaptive electrodes
Application Number
95797
Publication Number
5876401
Application Date
April 14, 1997
Publication Date
March 2, 1999
Inventor
Anil Nalagatla
Cincinnati
OH, US
David Yates
West Chester
OH, US
William D Fox
New Richmond
OH, US
Dale R Schulze
Lebanon
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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