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A method of fusing biomaterial and tissue using radiofrequency energy includes the steps of: providing a vessel sealing instrument having opposing jaw members which are movable relative to one another to compress tissue therebetween. The vessel sealing instrument includes at least one stop member affixed thereto for regulating the distance between the opposing jaw members. The method also includes the steps of: providing a biomaterial; positioning the biomaterial in abutting relation to tissue; approximating the biomaterial and tissue between the jaw members; compressing the biomaterial and tissue between the jaw members under a working pressure within the range of about 3 kg/cm2 to about 16 kg/cm2; and energizing the jaw members with radiofrequency energy to effectively fuse the biomaterial and the tissue such that the biomaterial and the tissue reform into a single, fused mass.

Title
Method of fusing biomaterials with radiofrequency energy
Application Number
10/833989
Publication Number
7160299 (B2)
Application Date
April 28, 2004
Publication Date
January 9, 2007
Inventor
Ali Baily
Boulder
CO, US
Assignee
Sherwood Services
CH
IPC
A61B 18/18
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