07879035 is referenced by 105 patents and cites 1047 patents.

Either an endoscopic or open bipolar forceps includes a flexible, generally tubular insulating boot for insulating patient tissue, while not impeding motion of the jaw members. The jaw members are movable from an open to a closed position and the jaw members are connected to a source of electrosurgical energy such that the jaw members are capable of conducting energy through tissue held therebetween to effect a tissue seal. A knife assembly may be included that allows a user to selectively divide tissue upon actuation thereof. The insulating boot may be made from a viscoelastic, elastomeric or flexible material suitable for use with a sterilization process including ethylene oxide. An interior portion of the insulating boot may have at least one mechanically interfacing surface that interfaces with a mechanically interfacing surface formed between the shaft and a jaw member or with a mechanically interfacing surface disposed or formed on the shaft or a jaw member.

Title
Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps
Application Number
11/594276
Publication Number
7879035 (B2)
Application Date
November 8, 2006
Publication Date
February 1, 2011
Inventor
James S Cunningham
Boulder
CO, US
Dylan Hushka
Boulder
CO, US
Patrick L Dumbauld
Lyons
CO, US
Paul Guerra
Boulder
CO, US
David M Garrison
Longmont
CO, US
Assignee
Covidien
CH
IPC
A61B 18/18
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