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Michael J Tierney, Thomas G Cooper, Chris A Julian, Stephen J Blumenkranz, Gary S Guthart, Robert G Younge: Surgical robotic tools, data architecture, and use. Intuitive Surgical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, December 18, 2001: US06331181 (701 worldwide citation)

Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatib ...


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Gunter D Niemeyer, William C Nowlin, Gary S Guthart: Alignment of master and slave in a minimally invasive surgical apparatus. Intuitive Surgical, Mark D Barrish Esq, Townsend Townsend & Crew, April 2, 2002: US06364888 (605 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to establishing alignment or a desired orientational relationship between a master and a slave of a telerobotic system. The invention can advantageously be used in a surgical apparatus. A method of establishing a desired orientational relationship between a hand-held part of a ...


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Michael J Tierney, Thomas Cooper, Chris Julian, Stephen J Blumenkranz, Gary S Guthart, Robert G Younge: Mechanical actuator interface system for robotic surgical tools. Intuitive Surgical, Scott M Smith Esq, Townsend Townsend & Crew, December 10, 2002: US06491701 (530 worldwide citation)

Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatib ...


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Craig Richard Gerbi, Eugene F Duval, Don Minami, Bob Hager, J Kenneth Salisbury, Akhil Madhani, John Stern, Gary S Guthart: Removable infinite roll master grip handle and touch sensor for robotic surgery. Intuitive Surgical, Mark D Barrish Esq, TownsendTownsend&CrewLLP, July 1, 2003: US06587750 (477 worldwide citation)

An input device for robotic surgery mechanically transmits a grip signal across a first joint coupling a handle to a linkage supporting the handle. The handle is removable and replaceable, allows unlimited rotation about the joint, and may optionally include a touch sensor to inhibit movement of a s ...


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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 (446 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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Michael J Tierney, Thomas G Cooper, Chris A Julian, Stephen J Blumenkranz, Gary S Guthart, Robert G Younge: Mechanical actuator interface system for robotic surgical tools. Intuitive Surgical, April 28, 2009: US07524320 (431 worldwide citation)

Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatib ...


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Michael J Tierney, Thomas Cooper, Chris Julian, Stephen J Blumenkranz, Gary S Guthart, Robert G Younge: Surgical robotic tools, data architecture, and use. Intuitive Surgical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, March 15, 2005: US06866671 (399 worldwide citation)

Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatib ...


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Philip C Evans, Frederic H Moll, Gary S Guthart, William C Nowlin, Rand P Pendleton, Christopher P Wilson, Andris D Ramans, David J Rosa, Volkmar Falk, Robert G Younge: Performing cardiac surgery without cardioplegia. Intuitive Surgical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, October 22, 2002: US06468265 (378 worldwide citation)

A surgical system or assembly for performing cardiac surgery includes a surgical instrument; a servo-mechanical system engaged to the surgical instrument for operating the surgical instrument; and an attachment assembly for removing at least one degree of movement from a moving surgical cardiac work ...


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William C Nowlin, Gary S Guthart, Robert G Younge, Thomas G Cooper, Craig Gerbi, Steven J Blumenkranz, Dean F Hoornaert: Grip strength with tactile feedback for robotic surgery. Intuitive Surgical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, July 15, 2003: US06594552 (370 worldwide citation)

Surgical robots and other telepresence systems have enhanced grip actuation for manipulating tissues and objects with small sizes. A master/slave system is used in which an error signal or gain is artificially altered when grip members are near a closed configuration.


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J Kenneth Salisbury Jr, Gunter D Niemeyer, Robert G Younge, Gary S Guthart, David S Mintz, Thomas G Cooper: Devices and methods for presenting and regulating auxiliary information on an image display of a telesurgical system to assist an operator in performing a surgical procedure. Intuitive Surgical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, February 18, 2003: US06522906 (325 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for performing robotically-assisted surgical procedures on a patient enable an image display device to provide an operator with auxiliary information related to the surgical procedure, in addition to providing an image of the surgical site itself. The systems and methods allow an ...