05217003 is referenced by 405 patents and cites 13 patents.

A surgical system comprises an endoscopic instrument, a camera on the endoscopic instrument for obtaining video images of internal body tissues inside a patient's body via the endoscopic instrument, and a transmitter operatively connected to the camera for transmitting, over a telecommunications link to a remote location beyond a range of direct manual contact with the patient's body, a video signal encoding the video image. A receiver is provided for receiving actuator control signals from the remote location via the telecommunications link. The receiver feeds the signals to a robot actuator mechanism for controlling that mechanism to operate a surgical instrument insertable into the patient's body.

Title
Automated surgical system and apparatus
Application Number
7/670720
Publication Number
5217003
Application Date
March 18, 1991
Publication Date
June 8, 1993
Inventor
Peter J Wilk
185 West End Ave., New York, 10023
NY, US
Agent
Henry D Coleman
R Neil Sudol
IPC
A61B 1/06
A61B 1/00
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