07491201 is referenced by 236 patents and cites 751 patents.

A bipolar forceps for sealing tissue includes an elongated shaft having opposing jaw members at a distal end thereof, each of the jaw members including an electrically conductive sealing surface. 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 bipolar forceps is connected to a source of electrical energy such that the jaw members are capable of conducting bipolar energy through tissue held therebetween to effect a seal. The forceps also includes a stop member assembly having at least one non-conductive stop member which is selectively extendible to regulate the distance between the jaw members when tissue is held therebetween.

Title
Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue
Application Number
10/846262
Publication Number
7491201 (B2)
Application Date
May 14, 2004
Publication Date
February 17, 2009
Inventor
Edward C Meagher
Greenlawn
NY, US
Chelsea Shields
Boulder
CO, US
Assignee
Covidien
CH
IPC
A61B 18/18
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