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David Weir, Grant Duque, Kevin Durant, Patrick Flanagan, Maggie Nixon, David Robinson, John Zabinski: Methods and systems for indicating a clamping prediction. Intuitive Surgical Operations, March 24, 2015: US08989903 (41 worldwide citation)

End effectors with closing mechanisms, and related tools and methods to facilitate clamping, are provided. An example surgical tool comprises a first and second jaw movable between a closed grasped or clamped configuration and an open configuration. The tool further comprises a soft grip mode for gr ...


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Ashley Wellman, William Burbank, Grant Duque, Patrick Flanagan: Surgical instrument with stowing knife blade. Intuitive Surgical Operations, March 31, 2015: US08991678 (8 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument with a stowing knife blade includes an elongated shaft, an end effector coupled to the shaft and including two opposed jaws, a housing included in one of the jaws, a first member mounted in the housing and movable distally, a knife pivotally coupled with the first member, and a ...


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Grant Duque, Todd Murphy, William Burbank, Gregory W Dachs II: Seals and sealing methods for a surgical instrument having an articulated end effector actuated by a drive shaft. INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, December 22, 2015: US09216062 (6 worldwide citation)

Sealing assemblies and methods are disclosed for sealing a surgical instrument having an internal drive shaft subject to lateral displacement. A sealing assembly includes a rigid portion shaped to interface with an instrument shaft of the surgical instrument. A laterally oriented slot is open at a r ...


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David W Weir, Melody Wu, Kevin Durant, Grant Duque: Clamping instrument. Intuitive Surgical Operations, December 20, 2016: US09522003 (2 worldwide citation)

Embodiments of a clamping instrument are disclosed. In some embodiments, a clamping device with calibrated parameters and a calibration process for the clamping device is presented. A method of calibrating a clamping instrument can include acquiring a data set of clamping torque as a function of tip ...


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Grant Duque, Thomas N McNamara, Jeffrey A Smith, Bennie Thompson, Ashley Wellman, Donald Frank Wilson Jr: Surgical staple cartridge with enhanced knife clearance. Intuitive Surgical Operations, Intuitive Surgical Operations, February 5, 2019: US10194908

A surgical instrument having an elongated shaft having a shaft distal end and a shaft proximal end. An end effector is coupled to the shaft distal end and includes opposed jaws. A housing is included in one of the jaws, the housing having a housing proximal end, a housing distal end, an upper surfac ...


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David Weir, Grant Duque, Kevin Durant, Patrick Flanagan, Margaret M Nixon, David Robinson, John Zabinski: Methods and systems for indicating a clamping prediction. INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, May 30, 2017: US09662177

End effectors with closing mechanisms, and related tools and methods may be particularly beneficial when used for minimally invasive surgery. An example surgical tool comprises a first and second jaw movable between a closed grasped or clamped configuration and an open configuration. The tool furthe ...


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Grant Duque, Gregory W Dachs II: Alternate instrument removal. INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, January 26, 2016: US09241766

Minimally invasive robotic surgical instruments and related methods are disclosed. A surgical instrument includes an interface fitting that couples a proximal chassis of the instrument with a holding fixture of a robotic manipulator. A securing feature releasably prevents relative axial sliding betw ...


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David Weir, Grant Duque, Kevin Durant, Patrick Flanagan, Margaret M Nixon, David Robinson, John Zabinski: Methods and systems for indicating a clamping prediction. INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, November 14, 2017: US09814530

End effectors with 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 a first and second jaw movable between a closed grasped or clamped configuration ...


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Grant Duque, Todd Murphy, William Burbank, Gregory W Dachs II: Seals and sealing methods for a surgical instrument having an articulated end effector actuated by a drive shaft. Intuitive Surgical Operations, August 16, 2012: US20120209289-A1

Sealing assemblies and methods are disclosed for sealing a surgical instrument having an internal drive shaft subject to lateral displacement. A sealing assembly includes a rigid portion shaped to interface with an instrument shaft of the surgical instrument. A laterally oriented slot is open at a r ...


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David Weir, Grant Duque, Kevin Durant, Patrick Flanagan, Maggie Nixon, David Robinson, John Zabinski: Methods and Systems for Indicating a Clamping Prediction. Intuitive Surgical Operations, August 16, 2012: US20120209314-A1

End effectors with 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 a first and second jaw movable between a closed grasped or clamped configuration ...