07553312 is referenced by 129 patents and cites 733 patents.

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
12/4986
Publication Number
7553312 (B2)
Application Date
December 21, 2007
Publication Date
June 30, 2009
Inventor
Greg Drach
Liberty Township
OH, US
Ted Richardson
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jon Sherman
Cincinnati
OH, US
David A Schechter
Longmont
CO, US
Duane E Kerr
Berthoud
CO, US
Carolyn H Mihaichuk
Longmont
CO, US
Philip M Tetzlaff
Austin
TX, US
Assignee
Covidien
CH
IPC
A61B 18/14
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