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An endoscopic bipolar forceps for sealing and dividing tissue includes an elongated shaft having opposing jaw members at a distal end thereof. The jaw members are movable 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 jaws members are connected to a source of electrical energy such that the jaw members are capable of conducting energy through tissue held therebetween to effect a tissue seal. At least one non-conductive and spaced-apart stop member is disposed on an inner-facing surface of the jaw members to regulate the gap distance between the jaw members when tissue is held therebetween. The forceps also includes a longitudinally reciprocating knife which severs the tissue after sealing at a location which is proximate the sealing site.

Title
Vessel sealer and divider with non-conductive stop members
Application Number
10/471818
Publication Number
7473253 (B2)
Application Date
April 6, 2001
Publication Date
January 6, 2009
Inventor
Dax D Brown
Golden
CO, US
Steven Paul Buysse
Longmont
CO, US
Sean T Dycus
Superior
CO, US
Assignee
Covidien
CH
IPC
A61B 18/18
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