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Allen Jiang: Apparatuses and methods for monitoring tendons of steerable catheters. Auris Surgical Robotics, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, August 29, 2017: US09744335 (13 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatuses for detecting tension on a tendon and/or mechanical deformation (e.g., breakage) of one or more steering tendon of a steerable and flexible articulating device. Theses apparatuses may have one or more tendons that are each electrically conductive and configured to steer the a ...


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Enrique Romo, Frederic H Moll, David S Mintz, Mark Lown, Siddarth Oli, Allen Jiang: Configurable robotic surgical system with virtual rail and flexible endoscope. Auris Surgical Robotics, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, August 22, 2017: US09737371 (13 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for moving or manipulating robotic arms are provided. A group of robotic arms are configured to form a virtual rail or line between the end effectors of the robotic arms. The robotic arms are responsive to outside force such as from a user. When a user moves a single one of the r ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Mark D Overmyer, Shane R Adams: Control systems for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgey, April 25, 2017: US09629629 (13 worldwide citation)

Surgical instruments and control systems therefor are disclosed. A surgical instrument can comprise: a power circuit comprising a power source and a switch, a microcontroller coupled to the power circuit, a handle comprising an attachment portion, and a control circuit in signal communication with t ...


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Ashvani K Madan, Donna L Korvick, Aron O Zingman, John W Willis, Kevin L Houser, Gavin M Monson, Kevin D Felder, Michael J Stokes, Sora Rhee, Timothy G Dietz, Jeffrey L Aldridge: Sterile medical instrument charging device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, March 21, 2017: US09597143 (13 worldwide citation)

A system includes a medical device and a charging device. A sterile barrier may be interposed between the medical device and the charging device. The medical device includes an integral power source and an active element. The charging device is configured to charge the integral power source. The cha ...


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John S Kimsey, Michael D Auld: Rotary powered articulation joints for surgical instruments. Ethicon, October 10, 2017: US09782169 (12 worldwide citation)

An articulation joint for a surgical instrument. In at least one form, the articulation joint includes a proximal joint portion that is coupled to an elongate shaft assembly of the surgical instrument. A distal joint portion is movably coupled to the proximal joint portion and is configured to inter ...


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Jeffery B Alvarez, Gregory J Kintz, David S Mintz, Enrique Romo, Jian Zhang, Steve Burion, Serena Wong, Joseph Daniel Bogusky, Katherine A Bender, Alan Yu: System for robotic-assisted endolumenal surgery and related methods. Auris Surgical Robotics, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, September 19, 2017: US09763741 (12 worldwide citation)

An endolumenal robotic system provides the surgeon with the ability to drive a robotically-driven endoscopic device to a desired anatomical position in a patient without the need for awkward motions and positions, while also enjoying improved image quality from a digital camera mounted on the endosc ...


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Daniel T Wallace, Frederic H Moll, Robert G Younge, Kenneth M Martin, Gregory J Stahler, David F Moore, Daniel T Adams, Michael R Zinn, Gunter D Niemeyer: Robotic catheter system. Hansen Medical, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, April 25, 2017: US09629682 (8 worldwide citation)

A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a guide instrument interface including a plurality of guide instrument drive elements responsive to control signals generated, at least in part, by the mas ...


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Chauncey F Graetzel, Ritwik Ummalaneni: Automated calibration of endoscopes with pull wires. Auris Surgical Robotics, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, April 3, 2018: US09931025 (7 worldwide citation)

A surgical robotic system automatically calibrates tubular and flexible surgical tools such as endoscopes. By compensating for unideal behavior of an endoscope, the surgical robotic system can accurately model motions of the endoscope and navigate the endoscope while performing a surgical procedure ...


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Stephen J Blumenkranz, Guiseppe M Prisco, Simon Peter DiMaio, Gregory William Dachs II, Hanifa Dostmohamed, Christopher J Hasser, Gary S Guthart: Force and torque sensing in a surgical robot setup arm. Intuitive Surgical Operations, February 20, 2018: US09895813 (7 worldwide citation)

An apparatus, system, and method for improving force and torque sensing and feedback to the surgeon performing a telerobotic surgery are provided. In one embodiment, a robotic surgical manipulator system, a robotic surgical system, and a method for improved sensing of forces on a robotic surgical in ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Mark D Overmyer, Brett E Swensgard: Method and system for operating a surgical instrument. Ethicon, February 13, 2018: US09888919 (7 worldwide citation)

A method and system for operating a surgical instrument. A surgical instrument can operate in an initial operating state and a secondary operating state. The secondary operating state can be one of a warned operating state or a modified operating state. After receiving feedback from the surgical ins ...