07931649 is referenced by 128 patents and cites 1054 patents.

An end effector assembly for use with an instrument for sealing vessels and cutting vessels includes a pair of opposing first and second jaw members which are movable relative to one another from a first spaced apart position to a second position for grasping tissue therebetween. Each jaw member includes an electrically conductive tissue contacting surface connected to an electrosurgical energy source. At least one of the jaw members includes an electrically conductive cutting element disposed within an insulator defined in the jaw member. At least one channel is included in the insulator which is configured to deliver fluid between the jaw members.

Title
Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism
Application Number
11/706029
Publication Number
7931649 (B2)
Application Date
February 14, 2007
Publication Date
April 26, 2011
Inventor
Philip M Tetzlaff
Lafayette
CO, US
Craig Weinberg
Denver
CO, US
Gary M Couture
Longmont
CO, US
Assignee
TYCO Healthcare Group
CO, US
IPC
A61B 18/14
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