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A bipolar electrosurgical instrument for clamping, grasping, manipulating, and sealing tissue includes first and second shafts each having a jaw member extending from a distal end thereof and a handle disposed at a proximal end thereof. The handle being operable to effect movement of the jaw members relative to one another from a first position wherein the jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a second position wherein the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. The bipolar instrument is connectable to a source of electrical energy having a first electrical potential connected to one of the jaw members and a second electrical potential connected to the other of the jaw members such that the jaw members are capable of selectively conducting energy through tissue held therebetween to effect a seal. Both the first and second electrical potentials are transmitted to the jaw members through the first shaft.

Title
Vessel sealing instrument
Application Number
10/284562
Publication Number
7267677 (B2)
Application Date
October 30, 2002
Publication Date
September 11, 2007
Inventor
Gene H Arts
Berthoud
CO, US
Chris J Ehr
Longmont
CO, US
Kristin D Johnson
Louisville
CO, US
Assignee
Sherwood Services
CH
IPC
A61B 18/14
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