07799026 is referenced by 122 patents and cites 809 patents.

The present disclosure relates to electrosurgical instruments for use in sealing various tissues. The instrument includes a housing having a shaft attached thereto and an end effector assembly attached to a distal end of the shaft, wherein the end effector assembly includes first and second jaw members attached thereto. The jaw members are movable relative to one another from a first position for approximating tissue to at least one additional position for grasping tissue therebetween. The jaw members have an elastomeric material disposed on an inner facing tissue contacting surface thereof with the elastomeric materials including an electrode disposed therein. The electrodes are offset a distance X relative to one another such that when the jaw members are closed about the tissue and when the electrodes are activated, electrosurgical energy flows through the tissue in a generally coplanar manner relative to the tissue contacting surfaces.

Title
Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion
Application Number
10/712486
Publication Number
7799026 (B2)
Application Date
November 13, 2003
Publication Date
September 21, 2010
Inventor
Kristin D Johnson
Louisville
CO, US
David A Schechter
Longmont
CO, US
Assignee
Covidien
CH
IPC
A61B 18/14
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