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William C Nowlin, Gary S Guthart, J Kenneth Salisbury Jr, Gunter D Niemeyer: Repositioning and reorientation of master/slave relationship in minimally invasive telesurgery. Intuitive Surgical Operations, October 5, 2010: US07806891 (425 worldwide citation)

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 ...


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Scott E Manzo, Justin Krom: Robotic tool with wristed monopolar electrosurgical end effectors. Intuitive Surgical Operations, November 2, 2010: US07824401 (360 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for use with a robotic surgical system is described. The instrument includes an elongate shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. An electrically live wrist member is disposed at the distal end of the shaft. An electrocautery end effector is mounted to the wrist member. An ...


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Paul Millman, David Bailey, Dean Hoornaert, David Stephen Mintz, David Q Larkin: Robotic surgical instruments with a fluid flow control system for irrigation, aspiration, and blowing. Intuitive Surgical Operations, August 14, 2012: US08241271 (259 worldwide citation)

In one embodiment of the invention, a robotic surgical instrument is provided for the control of flows of one or more fluids into and out of a surgical site. The robotic surgical instrument may include a housing, a flow control system, a hollow tube, and one or more hose fittings. The housing to cou ...


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Wenyi Zhao, Christopher J J Hasser, William C Nowlin, Brian D Hoffman: Methods and systems for robotic instrument tool tracking with adaptive fusion of kinematics information and image information. Intuitive Surgical Operations, January 31, 2012: US08108072 (241 worldwide citation)

In one embodiment of the invention, a method for a robotic system is disclosed to track one or more robotic instruments. The method includes generating kinematics information for the robotic instrument within a field of view of a camera; capturing image information in the field of view of the camera ...


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Thomas G Cooper, Craig R Ramstad: Sterile drape interface for robotic surgical instrument. Intuitive Surgical Operations, July 17, 2012: US08220468 (210 worldwide citation)

A robotic surgical system includes a sterile surgical instrument, a robotic surgical manipulator, and a sterile drape covering at least a portion of the robotic surgical manipulator. The surgical instrument has a proximal interface and a distal end effector. The proximal interface includes a gimbal ...


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Burbank William A: End effector with redundant closing mechanisms. Intuitive Surgical Operations, Nguyen Frank, May 19, 2011: WO/2011/060311 (160 worldwide citation)

End effectors with redundant closing mechanisms, and related tools and methods are disclosed. The disclosed end effectors may be particularly beneficial when used for minimally invasive surgery. An example surgical tool comprises an elongate shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, a tool body ...


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BRISSON Gabriel F, BURBANK William, DACHS II Gregory W, ZABINSKI John W, MURPHY Todd: DÉCOUPLAGE DU ROULEMENT DE LARBRE DUN INSTRUMENT ET ACTIONNEMENT DUN ORGANE TERMINAL EFFECTEUR DANS UN INSTRUMENT CHIRURGICAL, DECOUPLING INSTRUMENT SHAFT ROLL AND END EFFECTOR ACTUATION IN A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT. INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, BRISSON Gabriel F, BURBANK William, DACHS II Gregory W, ZABINSKI John W, MURPHY Todd, INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, May 24, 2012: WO/2012/068156 (156 worldwide citation)

Surgical assemblies and related methods are disclosed that provide for decoupling of instrument shaft roll and end effector actuation. A surgical assembly includes a base, an instrument shaft rotationally mounted to the base, an end effector supported at a distal end of the instrument shaft and incl ...


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Eugene F Duval, Bruce Michael Schena: Retrograde instrument. Intuitive Surgical Operations, October 8, 2013: US08551076 (137 worldwide citation)

A minimally invasive surgical instrument includes a U-turn mechanism that transmits actuating forces around a U-turn. The U-turn mechanism is coupled between segments of the instrument and has a bend radius that is smaller than flexible arms having a similar cross section diameter. The actuating for ...


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David Q Larkin, David C Shafer: Robotic surgery system including position sensors using fiber bragg gratings. Intuitive Surgical Operations, April 19, 2011: US07930065 (119 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument is provided, including: at least one articulatable arm having a distal end, a proximal end, and at least one joint region disposed between the distal and proximal ends; an optical fiber bend sensor provided in the at least one joint region of the at least one articulatable arm; ...


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Jaime Salvador Vargas: Shape-transferring cannula system and method of use. Intuitive Surgical Operations, October 30, 2012: US08298161 (111 worldwide citation)

The present invention is directed to a novel shape-transferring cannula system, which provides access to tortuous and unsupported paths. The shape-transferring cannula system and method enables exploration of hollow body structures, and creates a custom-contoured access port for insertion and remova ...