US 10,376,306 B2
Surgical forceps
Duane E. Kerr, Loveland, CO (US); James D. Allen, IV, Broomfield, CO (US); Edward M. Chojin, Boulder, CO (US); Allan J. Evans, Golden, CO (US); Russell D. Hempstead, Lafayette, CO (US); Glenn A. Horner, Boulder, CO (US); Mark J. Huseman, Broomfield, CO (US); Daniel A. Joseph, Golden, CO (US); Arlen J. Reschke, Longmont, CO (US); and Robert M. Sharp, Boulder, CO (US)
Assigned to COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, MA (US)
Filed by COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, MA (US)
Filed on Nov. 28, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/361,984.
Application 15/361,984 is a continuation of application No. 14/851,466, filed on Sep. 11, 2015, granted, now 9,504,519.
Application 14/851,466 is a continuation of application No. 14/513,732, filed on Oct. 14, 2014, granted, now 9,717,549.
Application 14/513,732 is a continuation of application No. 13/251,380, filed on Oct. 3, 2011, granted, now 8,864,795, issued on Oct. 21, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2017/0071657 A1, Mar. 16, 2017
Int. Cl. A61B 18/14 (2006.01); A61B 17/295 (2006.01); A61B 18/08 (2006.01); A61B 17/28 (2006.01); A61B 17/3213 (2006.01); A61B 17/29 (2006.01); A61B 18/18 (2006.01); A61B 18/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 18/1445 (2013.01) [A61B 17/282 (2013.01); A61B 17/295 (2013.01); A61B 18/085 (2013.01); A61B 18/1442 (2013.01); A61B 17/3213 (2013.01); A61B 18/18 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0023 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00473 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2933 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2937 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2939 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2946 (2013.01); A61B 2018/0063 (2013.01); A61B 2018/0097 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00345 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00404 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00589 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00595 (2013.01); A61B 2018/1452 (2013.01); A61B 2018/1455 (2013.01); A61B 2018/1462 (2013.01); Y10T 29/49815 (2015.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of reusing an electrosurgical instrument, comprising:
obtaining an electrosurgical instrument that has been used, the electrosurgical instrument including:
a housing;
a shaft
a movable handle;
an end effector assembly including first and second jaw members each defining a tissue-contacting surface and a longitudinally-extending knife channel defined through each tissue-contacting surface, at least one of the first or second jaw members configured to move relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position to grasp tissue between the tissue-contacting surfaces;
a movable trigger; and
a first knife blade operably engaged with the movable trigger configured to translate through the longitudinally-extending knife channels in response to actuation of the movable trigger to cut tissue grasped between the tissue-contacting surfaces;
disengaging the first knife blade from the movable trigger;
discarding the first knife blade; and
operably engaging a second knife blade with the movable trigger such that, in subsequent use of the electrosurgical instrument, the second knife blade is configured to translate through the longitudinally-extending knife channels in response to actuation of the movable trigger to cut tissue grasped between the tissue-contacting surfaces; and
at least one of cleaning or sterilizing the housing, the shaft, or the movable handle.