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The present invention provides robotic surgical instruments and systems that include electrosurgical cutting/shearing tools and methods of performing a robotic surgical procedure. The surgical instruments can advantageously be used in robotically controlled minimally invasive surgical operations. A surgical instrument generally comprises an elongate shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. An end effector, for performing a surgical operation such as cutting, shearing, grasping, engaging, or contacting tissue adjacent a surgical site, is coupleable to a distal end of the shaft. Preferably, the end effector comprises a pair of scissor-like blades for cooperatively shearing the tissue. A conductor electrically communicating with at least one blade delivers electrical energy to tissue engaged by the blades. An interface coupled to the proximal end of the shaft and removably connectable to the robotic surgical system is also included.

Title
Robotic tool with monopolar electro-surgical scissors
Application Number
10/126451
Publication Number
6994708 (B2)
Application Date
April 18, 2002
Publication Date
February 7, 2006
Inventor
Scott Manzo
Shelton
CT, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend
Assignee
Intuitive Surgical
CA, US
IPC
A61B 18/18
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