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Philip M Tetzlaff, James S Cunningham, Michael C Moses, Roger F Smith, Kristin D Johnson, Paul R Romero: Vessel sealing forceps with disposable electrodes. Sherwood Services, October 10, 2006: US07118570 (249 worldwide citation)

A removable electrode assembly for use in combination with a forcep having opposing end effectors and a handle for effecting movement of the end effectors relative to one another. The electrode assembly includes a housing which is removably engageable with the forceps and a pair of electrodes which ...


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James S Cunningham, Dennis J Harvilla: Spring loaded reciprocating tissue cutting mechanism in a forceps-style electrosurgical instrument. Covidien, March 10, 2009: US07500975 (144 worldwide citation)

Open electrosurgical forceps for sealing tissue which include a pair of first and second shaft portions each having a jaw member disposed at a distal end thereof. Each of the jaw members includes an electrically conductive sealing surface which communicates electrosurgical energy through tissue held ...


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Joanna Ackley, James D Allen IV, Ryan C Artale, Kim V Brandt, Dennis W Butcher, Edward M Chojin, Gary M Couture, James S Cunningham, David M Garrison, Keir Hart, Russell D Hempstead, Glenn A Horner, Daniel A Joseph, Duane E Kerr, Dylan R Kingsley, Peter M Mueller, Jessica E C Olson, Sean T O Neill, Jason T Sanders, Robert M Sharp, John R Twomey, Jeffrey R Unger: Surgical tissue sealer. Covidien, June 17, 2014: US08752264 (120 worldwide citation)

A method for manufacturing an end effector assembly is provided. The method includes grasping a gap-setting gauge between first and second jaw members moveable relative to one another about a pivot between a first, spaced-apart position and a second position proximate tissue and setting the first an ...


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David M Garrison, Paul Guerra, Patrick L Dumbauld, Dylan Hushka, James S Cunningham: Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps. Covidien, February 1, 2011: US07879035 (105 worldwide citation)

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 electrosurgi ...


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James S Cunningham: Method of transferring pressure in an articulating surgical instrument. TYCO Healthcare Group, September 4, 2012: US08257387 (77 worldwide citation)

An end effector for a surgical instrument includes a fixed bearing member with mounting surfaces for attachment to a distal end of the surgical instrument. At least one jaw member of the end effector is configured to move relative to an opposing jaw member between open and closed configurations, and ...


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James S Cunningham, Richard Carlson, Marc Spinali: Drive mechanism for articulation of a surgical instrument. Covidien, March 26, 2013: US08403832 (71 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes a housing, an end effector and an elongated shaft extending therebetween. The shaft includes a distal portion movable between aligned and articulated configurations. First and second drive cables are coupled to the distal portion such that reciprocal longitudinal motio ...


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James S Cunningham: Method of transferring rotational motion in an articulating surgical instrument. TYCO Healthcare Group, March 27, 2012: US08142473 (62 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic surgical instrument includes an elongated shaft, which may be articulated to facilitate positioning of an end effector. The instrument accommodates reactionary forces associated with closing the end effector without substantial disruption to the position of the end effector. The instru ...


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James S Cunningham, Eric Jones: De-tensioning mechanism for articulation drive cables. Covidien, May 14, 2013: US08439912 (52 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes a housing having an elongated shaft extending distally therefrom. An end effector for treating tissue is supported by the elongated shaft. One or more tensile members extend at least partially through the elongated shaft. A proximal end of a tensile member is operative ...


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James D Allen IV, James S Cunningham, Victor K Appel, Glenn A Horner: Vessel sealing instrument with cutting mechanism. Covidien, November 26, 2013: US08591510 (36 worldwide citation)

An end effector assembly for use with an instrument for sealing and cutting tissue includes a pair of opposing first and second jaw members movable relative to the to grasp tissue therebetween. Each jaw member including a jaw housing and an electrically conductive surface adapted to connect to a sou ...


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James S Cunningham: Method of transferring pressure in an articulating surgical instrument. TYCO Healthcare Group, April 24, 2012: US08162973 (35 worldwide citation)

An end effector for a surgical instrument includes a fixed bearing member, having an end effector axis defined therethrough, with mounting surfaces for attachment to a distal end of the surgical instrument. An input shaft is configured for rotational motion relative to the fixed bearing member about ...