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The invention provides robotic surgical systems which allow selectable independent repositioning of an input handle of a master controller and/or a surgical end effector without corresponding movement of the other. In some embodiments, independent repositioning is limited to translational degrees of freedom. In other embodiments, the system provides an input device adjacent a manipulator supporting the surgical instrument so that an assistant can reposition the instrument at the patient's side.

Title
Repositioning and reorientation of master/slave relationship in minimally invasive telesurgery
Application Number
10/52204
Publication Number
7087049 (B2)
Application Date
January 15, 2002
Publication Date
August 8, 2006
Inventor
Gunter D Niemeyer
Mountain View
CA, US
J Kenneth Salisbury Jr
Los Altos
CA, US
Gary S Guthart
Foster City
CA, US
William C Nowlin
Los Altos
CA, US
Agent
Townsend & Townsend
Assignee
Intuitive Surgical
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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