07722607 is referenced by 267 patents and cites 1017 patents.

An endoscopic forceps includes a housing having a shaft attached thereto, the shaft including a pair of jaw members disposed at a distal end thereof. The forceps also includes a drive assembly disposed in the housing which moves 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 are closer to one another for manipulating tissue. A pair of handles is operatively connected to the drive assembly and the handles are movable relative to the housing to actuate the drive assembly to move the jaw members. Each of the jaw members is adapted to connect to a source of electrical energy such that the jaw members are capable of conducting energy for treating tissue. The forceps also includes a first switch disposed on the housing which is activatable to selectively deliver energy of a first electrical potential to at least one jaw member for treating tissue in a monopolar fashion. A second switch is disposed on the housing and is activatable to selectively deliver energy of a first electrical potential to one jaw member and selectively deliver energy of a second electrical potential to the other jaw member for treating tissue in a bipolar fashion.

Title
In-line vessel sealer and divider
Application Number
11/594396
Publication Number
7722607 (B2)
Application Date
November 8, 2006
Publication Date
May 25, 2010
Inventor
Dylan Hushka
Boulder
CO, US
Paul Guerra
Boulder
CO, US
David M Garrison
Longmont
CO, US
Patrick L Dumbauld
Lyons
CO, US
Assignee
Covidien
CH
IPC
A61B 18/18
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