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An electrosurgical instrument for performing at least one of sealing and dividing tissue includes a housing having a shaft attached thereto, the shaft defining a longitudinal axis. The electrosurgical instrument also includes a first jaw member movable relative to a second jaw member, the first jaw member attached to the shaft and being relatively movable from a first open position wherein the jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a second closed position wherein the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. The instrument also includes a drive rod assembly for imparting movement of the jaw members between the first and second positions and a rotating assembly attached to the housing for rotating the jaw members about the longitudinal axis. A knife assembly is also attached to the housing for separating tissue grasped between the jaw members and a handle assembly is attached to the housing for actuating the drive rod assembly. The instrument also includes first and second electrical leads which connect the jaw members to a source of electrical energy such that the jaw members are capable of conducting energy through tissue held therebetween. A handswitch is attached to the housing to allow a user to selectively energize the jaw members.

Title
Vessel sealer and divider
Application Number
10/474169
Publication Number
7090673 (B2)
Application Date
January 22, 2002
Publication Date
August 15, 2006
Inventor
David A Schechter
Longmont
CO, US
Michael Moses
Boulder
CO, US
Michael R Warzecha
Longmont
CO, US
Philip Tetzlaff
Superior
CO, US
Lap P Nguyen
Longmont
CO, US
Kristin D Johnson
Louisville
CO, US
Jeremey Scott James
Louisville
CO, US
Gary M Couture
Longmont
CO, US
Chelsea Shields
Boulder
CO, US
Sean Dycus
Superior
CO, US
Assignee
Sherwood Services
CH
IPC
A61B 18/18
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