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An electrosurgical instrument for treating tissue includes a housing having a shaft extending therefrom having an axis A-A defined therethrough. The shaft is at least partially flexible and includes first and second jaw members attached at a distal end thereof. Each jaw member includes an electrically conductive tissue contacting surface adapted to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy such that the electrically conductive tissue contacting surfaces are capable of conducting electrosurgical energy through tissue held therebetween. A drive assembly is disposed in the housing and has a first actuator operably coupled to a drive rod for reciprocation thereof to move the jaw members from a first position in spaced relation to one another to a second position closer to one another for engaging tissue. A second actuator is disposed on the housing and is actuatable to articulate the shaft.

Title
Endoscopic vessel sealer and divider having a flexible articulating shaft
Application Number
12/718143
Publication Number
8475453 (B2)
Application Date
March 5, 2010
Publication Date
July 2, 2013
Inventor
Peter Hathaway
Lebanon
CT, US
Eric J Taylor
East Hampton
CT, US
David Farascioni
Bethel
CT, US
Russell Pribanic
New Milford
CT, US
Stanislaw Marczyk
Stratford
CT, US
Assignee
Covidien
MA, US
IPC
A61B 18/04
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