Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension

  • US 7,232,440 B2
  • Filed: 10/21/2004
  • Issued: 06/19/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/17/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An endoscopic forceps, comprising:

  • a housing having a shaft affixed thereto, the shaft including first and second jaw members attached to a distal end thereof;

    an actuator for moving jaw members relative to one another from a first position wherein the jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a second position wherein the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween;

    each jaw member adapted to connect to a source of electrosurgical energy such that the jaw members are selectively capable of conducting bipolar energy through tissue held therebetween;

    a knife which is selectively moveable within a knife channel defined within at least one of the first and second jaw members to cut tissue disposed between the first and second jaw members; and

    a monopolar element housed within at least the first jaw member and integrally associated with the knife, the monopolar element being selectively movable in connection with the knife from a first position within the first jaw member to a second position distal to the first jaw member, the monopolar element adapted to connect to the source of electrosurgical energy and being selectively activateable independent of the jaw members.

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