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Raifu Matsui, Ryuta Sekine, Keiichi Arai: Endoscopic surgery apparatus. Olympus Optical, Frishauf Holtz Goodman Langer & Chick P C, March 5, 2002: US06352503 (824 worldwide citation)

The present invention is directed to an endoscopic surgery apparatus for performing treating operation in a body cavity of a patient with the use of treating tools in combination with an endoscope, in which insertion sections allowing the insertion of treating tools are externally arranged in a side ...


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Michael Dawson Hooven: Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, September 16, 1997: US05667517 (814 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic surgical system which includes an instrument for carrying out a step in the procedure. The instrument is power operated by a supply source, and there is contained a mechanism used to conduct the power from the supply source to the instrument. The system includes a sensing mechanism att ...


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Yulun Wang, Darrin R Uecker, Charles S Jordan, James W Wright, Keith Phillip Laby, Jeff D Wilson: Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures. Computer Motion, January 5, 1999: US05855583 (742 worldwide citation)

A system for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures. The system includes a pair of surgical instruments that are coupled to a pair of robotic arms. The instruments have end effectors that can be manipulated to hold and suture tissue. The robotic arms are coupled to a pair of master handles ...


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Fred E Silverstein, Eric A Opie: Protective endoscope sheath and method of installing same. Opielab, Seed and Berry, March 3, 1987: US04646722 (710 worldwide citation)

An endoscope sheath having a flexible tube surrounding the elongated core of an endoscope. The flexible tube has a transparent window near its distal end positioned in front of the viewing window of the endoscope. Channels for taking biopsies, injecting air or injecting water to wash the window of t ...


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Yulun Wang, Keith P Laby, Darrin R Uecker, Amante A Mangaser, Modjtaba Ghodoussi: Automated endoscope system for optimal positioning. Computer Motion, Kenneth L Stein, March 2, 1999: US05878193 (680 worldwide citation)

A robotic system that moves a surgical instrument in response to the actuation of a control panel that can be operated by the surgeon. The robotic system has an end effector that is adapted to hold a surgical instrument such as an endoscope. The end effector is coupled to a robotic arm assembly whic ...


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Thomas G Cooper: Multi-component telepresence system and method. Intuitive Surgical, Mark D Barrish Esq, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, October 17, 2000: US06132368 (677 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides systems and methods for performing robotically-assisted surgical procedures on a patient. In particular, a three-component surgical system is provided that includes a non-sterile drive and control component, a sterilizable end effector or surgical tool and an intermedi ...


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Alfred E Mann, Richard E Purvis, John J Mastrototaro, James D Causey, James Henke, Peter Hong, John H Livingston, Clifford W Hague, Brad T Hite: Telemetered characteristic monitor system and method of using the same. Medtronic MiniMed, Medtronic MiniMed, August 29, 2006: US07098803 (672 worldwide citation)

A telemetered characteristic monitor system includes a remotely located data receiving device, a sensor for producing signal indicative of a characteristic of a user, and a transmitter device. The transmitter device includes a housing, a sensor connector, a processor, and a transmitter. The transmit ...


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Kuniaki Kami, Hideyuki Adachi, Koichi Umeyama, Yoshihiro Kosaka, Seiji Yamaguchi, Eiichi Fuse, Michio Sato, Masakazu Nakamura, Yasundo Tanaka, Takashi Fukaya, Kiyotaka Matsuno, Katsuya Suzuki: Medical system for reproducing a state of contact of the treatment section in the operation unit. Olympus Optical, Armstrong Westerman Hattori McLeland & Naughton, August 23, 1994: US05339799 (648 worldwide citation)

A medical system according to the present invention comprises a medical apparatus including an operation unit manipulated by a surgeon and a treatment section formed away from the operation unit for treating a subject, a detector or a pressure sensor for detecting a state of contact between the subj ...


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Thomas G Cooper, Daniel T Wallace, Stacey Chang, S Christopher Anderson, Dustin Williams, Scott Manzo: Surgical tool having positively positionable tendon-actuated multi-disk wrist joint. Intuitive Surgical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, November 16, 2004: US06817974 (600 worldwide citation)

The present invention is directed to a tool having a wrist mechanism that provides pitch and yaw rotation in such a way that the tool has no singularity in roll, pitch, and yaw. A positively positionable multi-disk wrist mechanism includes a plurality of disks or vertebrae stacked in series. Each ve ...


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Peter J Wilk: Automated surgical system and apparatus. R Neil Sudol, Henry D Coleman, November 29, 1994: US05368015 (597 worldwide citation)

A surgical system comprises an endoscopic instrument, a camera on the endoscopic instrument for obtaining video images of internal body tissues inside a patient's body via the endoscopic instrument, and a transmitter operatively connected to the camera for transmitting, over a telecommunications lin ...