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Brian Hoffman
David Q Larkin, Brian D Hoffman, Paul W Mohr: Synthetic representation of a surgical instrument. Intuitive Surgical, Patent Dept, Intuitive Surgical, July 30, 2009: US20090192523-A1

A synthetic representation of a tool for display on a user interface of a robotic system. The synthetic representation may be used to show force on the tool, an actual position of the tool, or to show the location of the tool when out of a field of view. A three-dimensional pointer is also provided ...


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Brian Hoffman
Tao Zhao, Wenyi Zhao, Daniel J Halabe, Brian D Hoffman, William C Nowlin: Fiducial marker design and detection for locating surgical instrument in images. Intuitive Surgical, Patent Dept, Intuitive Surgical Operations, July 1, 2010: US20100168562-A1

The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and tools for tool tracking using image-derived data from one or more tool-located reference features. A method includes: capturing a first image of a tool that includes multiple features that define a first marker, where at least one of the featur ...


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Thomas W Huitema, Anil K Nalagatla, Dale R Schulze: Articulation assembly for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Matthew S Goodwin, January 6, 1998: US05704534 (949 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument which has an articulation transmission assembly for remotely articulating an end effector of the instrument is disclosed. Ratcheting rotation of a compressible deck within a detent housing of the assembly from a first locked position to a second locked position ca ...


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David C Yates: Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 29, 1997: US05624452 (928 worldwide citation)

A hemostatic surgical instrument is provided for coagulation, cauterization and/or welding of tissue especially in the performance of endoscopic procedures. The instrument compresses the tissue between interfacing surfaces of first and second elements. A preferred application of the invention is in ...


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Michael D Hooven, Joseph C Hueil: Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, Robert L Minier, July 18, 1995: US05433721 (919 worldwide citation)

A drive mechanism for an endoscopic surgical instrument which has a rotatable drive shaft and a mechanism for translating the rotational force of the shaft for applying fasteners to tissue during endoscopic surgery.


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David C Yates, James W Voegele, Jesse Kuhns, Anil Nalagatla, Warren P Williamson IV, Steven H Mersch, Martin Madden, Richard P Nuchols: Electrosurgical hemostatic device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Bernard Shay, September 22, 1998: US05810811 (916 worldwide citation)

An improved electro surgical instrument is provided for cauterization and/or welding of tissue of varying impedances, thicknesses and vascularity especially in the performance of endoscopic procedures. The instrument compresses the tissue between one pole of a bipolar energy source located on one in ...


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Gregory D Bishop, John A Hibner, Livyn O Okorocha: Surgical instrument. Ethicon, Dressler Goldsmith Shore & Milnamow, February 11, 1997: US05601224 (912 worldwide citation)

Various mechanisms are provided for use in a surgical instrument. A shaft and an engaged lost motion operating knob are provided for rotation relative to a handle portion. A latch system prevents rotation of the shaft unless the shaft is rotated by the knob. A cartridge is provided for rotation at t ...


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Kenneth S Wales: Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, January 3, 2006: US06981628 (906 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument suited for endoscopic use includes a lateral articulation control into a handle portion that provides an intuitive visual and tactile indication to the clinician as to the amount and direction of articulation of an end effector at a distal end of a shaft. Lateral ...


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David C Yates: Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, February 10, 1998: US05716366 (893 worldwide citation)

A hemostatic surgical instrument is provided for coagulation, cauterization and/or welding of tissue especially in the performance of endoscopic procedures. The instrument compresses the tissue between interfacing surfaces of first and second elements. A preferred application of the invention is in ...


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Dale R Schulze, Joseph Paraschac, William D Fox, Michael E Setser, Kenneth S Wales, Mark S Zeiner: Surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Paul A Coletti, May 27, 1997: US05632432 (876 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for performing endoscopic surgical procedures. In one embodiment, the instrument includes a knife that remains unexposed until initiation of a cutting sequence, and returns to an unexposed position at the conclusion of the cutting sequence, minimizing the risk of injury to the ...