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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 visual 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
682002
Publication Number
5368015
Application Date
June 7, 1993
Publication Date
November 29, 1994
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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