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Woojin Lee, Andres Chamorro III, Robert Ailinger, Dwight Meglan: Robotically controlled surgical instruments. Hansen Medical, Vista IP Law Group, April 20, 2010: US07699835 (276 worldwide citation)

A robotically controlled surgical instrument includes a first jaw and a second jaw used to grasp an item, and a drive mechanism that increases the force applied to the item grasped. The drive mechanism and the jaws can be provided with an accommodating mechanism that allows continued movement of the ...


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Craig Richard Gerbi, Daniel T Wallace: Method for introducing an end effector to a surgical site in minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical, Mark D Barrish Esq, Townsend Townsend & Crew, September 16, 2003: US06620173 (101 worldwide citation)

A tool guide for guiding an end effector of a robotically controlled surgical instrument from a position outside a patient body to a position in close proximity to an internal surgical site within the patient body is provided. The tool guide typically comprises a body, a seat formation on the body, ...


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Shailendra K Parihar, Matthew C Miller, Barry C Worrell: Robotically controlled surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 12, 2016: US09232979 (91 worldwide citation)

A surgical tool is disclosed. The surgical tool has a tool mounting portion having a tool mounting housing, a tool mounting plate, and a coupler to couple a shaft assembly with an articulation section to the tool mounting portion. An articulation mechanism is located within the tool mounting portion ...


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James T Spivey, Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan: Robotically-controlled surgical instrument with selectively articulatable end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 5, 2016: US09301759 (83 worldwide citation)

Devices and systems are provided for controlling movement of a working end of a surgical device by means of a robotic system. In one embodiment, systems and devices are provided for moving an end effector on a distal end of a surgical fastening device. Movement can include rotational movement of the ...


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Kevin Durant, Michael Hanuschik, Paul W Mohr, Jack Hsia: Positive control of robotic surgical instrument end effector. Intuitive Surgical Operations, May 26, 2015: US09043027 (72 worldwide citation)

A method of controlling an operation of a robotically-controlled surgical instrument can include receiving a first input signal at a controller indicative of a user's readiness to actuate the surgical instrument to perform a surgical procedure, outputting an output signal from the controller to prov ...


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Wang Yulun, Holz Brian, Miller Brian, Belinski Steve: Robotically controlled surgical instrument with visual force-feedback. Motion Comp, February 26, 2003: EP1285634-A1 (59 worldwide citation)

A robotic medical system that provides a visual indication of the force exerted by an end effector of the system. The end effector is coupled to a robotic arm that is controlled by a handle. The end effector is inserted through an incision of a patient to perform a minimally invasive procedure. The ...


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Foster B Stulen, Randolph Stewart, Chad P Boudreaux: Closed feedback control for electrosurgical device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 5, 2016: US09226767 (47 worldwide citation)

Various example embodiments are directed towards a system and method for closed feedback control of a robotically controlled electrosurgical instrument. In one embodiment, the method comprises applying at least one electrosurgical signal to an electrosurgical end effector a robotically controlled su ...


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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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Thomas W Lytle IV, Richard L Leimbach, Wendy A Kerr, Brett E Swensgard, Kevin D Sackett, Mark D Overmyer: Drive system lockout arrangements for modular surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 25, 2017: US09629623 (11 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument may include at least one drive system that is configured to generate control motions upon actuation thereof. At least one drive system defines an actuation axis. The surgical instrument may further include at least one interchangeable shaft ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Mark D Overmyer, Shane R Adams: Modular powered surgical instrument with detachable shaft assemblies. Ethicon, August 29, 2017: US09743929 (9 worldwide citation)

An interchangeable shaft assembly for a surgical instrument that includes first and second drive systems. The interchangeable shaft assembly is configured for removable attachment to a housing of the surgical instrument. Various embodiments include a latch system that enables the interchangeable sha ...