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 new patent  Interactive user interfaces for minimally invasive telesurgical systems

In one embodiment of the invention, a a minimally invasive surgical system is disclosed. The system configured to capture and display camera images of a surgical site on at least one display device at a surgeon console; switch out of a following mode and into a masters-as-mice (MaM) mode; overlay... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

 new patent  Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses

Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector in space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

 new patent  Cable tensioning in a robotic surgical system

A termination assembly of a cabling system in a robotic surgical manipulator comprises a block including first and second cable pathways sized for receipt of a first cable. The first cable pathway includes a first retainer sized to prevent passage of a first fitting coupled to the first cable. The... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Multi-cannula vision system

Vision systems on catheters, cannulas, or similar devices with guiding lumens include receptors distributed in annular areas around respective lumens. Each of the receptors has a field of view covering only a portion of an object environment, and the field of view of each of the receptors overlaps with at... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Methods and systems for assigning input devices to teleoperated surgical instrument functions

A system for controlling a surgical instrument comprises an input device operably coupled to remotely control movement of a surgical instrument operably coupled to a computer-assisted surgical system; a first auxiliary input device configured to transmit an auxiliary function control signal to activate an auxiliary function of a surgical instrument... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Display monitor control of a telesurgical tool

translating the sensed motion of the monitor into motion of the robotic surgical tool.... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses

Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector in space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Ratcheting for master alignment of a teleoperated minimally invasive surgical instrument

A minimally-invasive surgical system includes a slave surgical instrument having a slave surgical instrument tip and a master grip. The slave surgical instrument tip has an alignment in a common frame of reference and the master grip, which is coupled to the slave surgical instrument, has an alignment in the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Integrated fiber bragg grating accelerometer in a surgical instrument

An accelerometer is included within the confined space and limited volume of a distal portion of a surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an end component, a joint coupled to the end component, a shaft coupled to the joint, and a force transducer and accelerometer apparatus. The force transducer and... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Cannulas having body wall retention features, and related systems and methods

A cannula may include a cannula bowl having an opening to receive an instrument configured to be advanced through the cannula, and a cannula tube extending distally from the cannula bowl. The cannula tube may have a proximal end opening, a distal end opening disposed at an opposite end of... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Surgical cannulas, and related systems and methods

A surgical cannula includes an electrically conductive portion, an electrical connector interface configured to removably engage with an electrical connector electrically coupled to a patient return electrode, and an electrical connector sensing device configured to sense whether the electrical connector interface is engaged or disengaged with the electrical connector. Surgical... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

System and anatomical markers

A system and method for anatomical markers includes an anatomical marker. The anatomical marker includes a first material observable to a first imaging modality and a second material observable to a second imaging modality. The first material is different from the second material. The first imaging modality is different from... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Cannulas having wall strengthening features, and related systems and methods

A cannula may include a bowl portion comprising a first opening and a second opening, and an insertion tube extending from the bowl portion. The insertion tube defines a passage extending from the second opening and terminating in a distal end opening. The passage is configured to receive an instrument... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Surgical system instrument mounting

Robotic surgical systems and methods of coupling a surgical instrument to a manipulator arm are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a base; a setup link operably coupled to the base, the setup link locating a remote center of motion for the robotic surgical system; a proximal link operably... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Estimation of a position and orientation of a frame used in controlling movement of a tool

A robotic system includes a camera having an image frame whose position and orientation relative to a fixed frame is determinable through one or more image frame transforms, a tool disposed within a field of view of the camera and having a tool frame whose position and orientation relative to... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Robotic linkage

A robotic link may include a link having an outer wall surface and an inner wall surface, and a pair of outer hinge portions on a first end of the link. Each outer hinge portion may have an inner bearing surface positioned between the inner wall surface and an outer... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Psma targeted fluorescent agents for image guided surgery

... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Method of synthesizing near ir, closed chain sulfo-cyanine dyes

Compositions and methods of synthesizing near IR, closed chain, sulfo-cyanine dyes are provided.... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

High precision wavelength measurement and control of a tunable laser

A tunable laser system includes a tunable laser to be scanned over a range of frequencies and an interferometer having a plurality of interferometer outputs. At least two interferometer outputs of the plurality of interferometer outputs have a phase difference. A wavelength reference has a spectral feature within the range... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Methods and treatment of atrial fibrillation

A manipulation assembly includes a delivery catheter having a lumen extending therethrough and a deployment catheter positioned within the delivery catheter. The deployment catheter is independently manipulatable with respect to the delivery catheter. The assembly further includes a visualization element extendable distally beyond the deployment catheter and an ablation probe... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Augmented visualization for a surgical robot using a captured visible image combined with a fluorescence image and a captured visible image

An endoscope with an optical channel is held and positioned by a robotic surgical system. A capture unit captures (1) a visible first image at a first time and (2) a visible second image combined with a fluorescence image at a second time. An image processing system receives (1) the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Devices, systems, and methods for anchoring actuation wires to a steerable instrument

A pull wire attachment system for a minimally invasive medical instrument comprises an anchoring element fixedly attached to the medical instrument. The anchoring element has a first outer diameter. The system also includes a pull wire assembly comprising an elongate pull wire having a proximal end and a distal end... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Handleless clamping device

The present invention relates to surgical clamps and clamp devices that provide a handle-free surgical field and to methods of operating such clamps and clamp devices. Such methods may include moving a second rotating element relative to a first rotating element such that the rotational axis of the second rotating... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Flexible electromagnetic sensor

A medical system employs a sensing coil that includes a flexible core containing a magnetically permeable material and an electrical conductor wound around the flexible core. The electrical conductor may be wound in a manner that permits use of the sensing coil in a range of configurations from straight to... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Motor interface for parallel drive shafts within an independently rotating member

Mechanisms, assemblies, systems, tools, and methods include an offset drive shaft within an independently rotating member. An example method of transmitting torque through an offset drive shaft routed within a rotatable main shaft includes supporting a main shaft to rotate relative to a base so that the main shaft rotates... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Dissimilar cores in multicore optical fiber for strain and temperature separation

An optical fiber includes multiple optical waveguides configured in the fiber. An interferometric measurement system mitigates or compensates for the errors imposed by differences in a shape sensing optical fiber's response to temperature and strain. A 3-D shape and/or position are calculated from a set of distributed strain measurements acquired... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Methods and apparatus to determine a twist parameter and/or a bend angle associated with a multi-core fibe

A multi-core fiber includes multiple optical cores, and for each different core of a set of different cores of the multiple optical cores, a total change in optical length is detected. The total change in optical length represents an accumulation of all changes in optical length for multiple segments of... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Ureter detection using waveband-selective imaging

Selective reflection of light by ureters and by tissue around the ureters is used to safely and efficiently image the ureters. In one aspect, a plurality of surgical site scenes is captured. Each of the plurality of surgical site scenes is captured from reflected light having a different light spectrum.... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

An overlapped chirped fiber bragg grating sensing fiber and methods and parameter measurement using same

An optical sensor includes an optical fiber inscribed with densely-overlapping, chirped-frequency fiber Bragg gratings at multiple locations along the optical fiber such that light reflected from a location on the optical fiber is reflected at multiple frequencies in a range of frequencies. An entire length of the optical sensor includes... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Methods and apparatus to shape flexible entry guides for minimally invasive surgery

An apparatus for performing surgical procedures is disclosed including a flexible entry guide tube and a first steering device. The guide tube has one or more lumens extending along its length from a proximal end to substantially at or near a distal end. At least one of the one or... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Systems and methods for configuring components in a minimally invasive instrument

A catheter system comprises an elongate flexible catheter and a support structure mounted on the catheter. The support structure comprises a first alignment feature and a second alignment feature. The system further comprises a first sensor component mated with the first alignment feature and a second sensor component mated with... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Inter-operative switching of tools in a robotic surgical system

Methods, apparatus, and systems for controlling a telesurgical system are disclosed. In accordance with a method, a first tool connected to a first manipulator of the system, and a second tool connected to a second manipulator of the system, are controlled. A swap of the tools such that the first... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Surgical instrument with stowing knife blade

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,... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Surgical instrument with single drive input for two end effector mechanisms

Methods for treating tissue, and surgical assemblies and related methods are disclosed in which a single input is used to sequentially articulate two members. A medical device includes an input link movable through an input link range of motion, a jaw coupled with the input link, and a tissue manipulation... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

Interaction between user-interface and master controller

A system to control the interaction between a user-interface of a teleoperated surgical system and an input device of the teleoperated surgical system, the system comprising a first master controller communicatively coupled to the teleoperated surgical system, a feedback control communicatively coupled to the first master controller, and a display... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170333141

System and integrated surgical table

A system and method for an integrated surgical table includes a medical device including an articulated arm having one or more first and second joints and a control unit. The articulated arm has at least a cannula, an endoscope, or an instrument mounted distal to the first and second joints,... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170333142

System and integrated surgical table motion

A computer-assisted medical device includes a first articulated arm, the first articulated arm having an end effector, a first joint set, a second joint set and a control unit. The control unit configures one or more joints in the first joint set to a floating mode, detects movement of the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170333145

System and monitoring control points during reactive motion

A system and method of monitoring control points during reactive motion includes a computer-assisted medical device. The computer-assisted medical device includes one or more articulated arms each having a control point and a control unit coupled to the one or more articulated arms. The one or more articulated arms and... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170333146

System and articulated arm stabilization

A system and method for an articulated arm stabilization includes an arm stabilizer for use with articulated arms of a computer-assisted medical device. The stabilizer includes a spine, a first vibration absorbing mount attached to the spine, a second vibration absorbing mount attached to the spine, a first clamp attached... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170333147

Instrument drape

A surgical drape for providing a localized instrument sterility barrier includes: a tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the tube defining an interior bore sized to receive an elongated shaft of a surgical instrument; and a port coupler at the distal end of the tube, the port... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170333155

System and an articulated arm based tool guide

A system and method for an articulated arm based tool guide includes an elongated body having a guide hole, a first joint attached to a first end of the body, a second joint attached to a second end of the body opposite the first end, a first mounting arm coupled... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170333275

System and integrated surgical table icons

A system and method for integrated surgical table icons includes a computer-assisted medical device. The computer-assisted medical device includes a control unit for controlling the computer-assisted medical device and a display unit coupled to the control unit having at least a surgical table status region. The control unit is configured... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170334067

System and instrument disturbance compensation

A computer-assisted medical device including a first joint set on an articulated arm, a second joint set on the articulated arm, and a control unit coupled to the first joint set and second joint set. The control unit determines a disturbance to the first joint set caused by a release... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339399

Apparatus for automated panning and zooming in robotic surgical systems

In one embodiment of the invention, a digital zoom and panning system for digital video is disclosed including an image acquisition device to capture digital video images; an image buffer to store one or more frames of digital video images as source pixels; a display device having first pixels to... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/16/17 / #20170325799

Universal cannula seal

A medical device can include a housing, a first seal structure, and a seal expander. The first seal structure can have a proximal end and a distal end, and a side wall surrounding and defining an interior chamber. A seal wall can be connected to the side wall and include... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/16/17 / #20170325812

Instrument with multiple articulation locks

A tool comprises an articulation mechanism comprising a pair of links. The pair of links include a proximal link on a proximal portion of the tool and a distal link on a distal portion of the tool. Movement of the proximal link causes corresponding relative movement of the distal link.... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/16/17 / #20170325896

Systems and methods for filtering localization data

A method performed by a computing system comprises providing instructions to a teleoperational assembly to move an instrument within an anatomic passageway according to a commanded velocity profile. The method also comprises receiving a set of spatial information from the instrument positioned within the anatomic passageway and filtering the set... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/09/17 / #20170319049

System for controlling an instrument using shape sensors

The present invention relates, generally, to controlling a steerable instrument having an elongate body. More particularly, the present invention relates to a system and method for sensing the shape of a steerable instrument and controlling the steerable instrument in response to a control signal from a user input device and... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/09/17 / #20170319282

Integrated user environments

A system for managing a user interface comprising: a first teleoperated surgical system comprising: a communications subsystem configured to receive at the first teleoperated surgical system from a second teleoperated surgical system, an environmental variable describing operation of the second teleoperated surgical system; a video subsystem to: render a local... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/09/17 / #20170319283

User-interface control using master controller

A system for controlling a user interface of a teleoperated surgical system, the system comprises a first master controller communicatively coupled to the teleoperated surgical system; and a display device communicatively coupled to the teleoperated surgical system and configured to display a graphical user interface; and wherein the first master... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/09/17 / #20170319284

Method and system for hand presence detection in a minimally invasive surgical system

In a minimally invasive surgical system, a hand tracking system tracks a location of a sensor element mounted on part of a human hand. A system control parameter is generated based on the location of the part of the human hand. Operation of the minimally invasive surgical system is controlled... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322113

Registering measured optical fiber interferometric data with reference optical fiber interferometric data

A system and method are used for an optical fiber having a core multiple, closely spaced optical gratings written along the core that create a repeated pattern in the core. A memory stores predetermined reference reflection data and measurement reflection data determined for a length of the core detected from... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/02/17 / #20170311778

Articulate and swapable endoscope for a surgical robot

The present invention is directed to an articulate minimally invasive surgical endoscope with a flexible wrist having at least one degree of freedom. When used with a surgical robot having a plurality of robot arms, the endoscope can be used with any of the plurality of arms thereby allowing the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/02/17 / #20170311844

Determining position of medical device in branched anatomical structure

Information extracted from sequential images captured from the perspective of a distal end of a medical device moving through an anatomical structure are compared with corresponding information extracted from a computer model of the anatomical structure. A most likely match between the information extracted from the sequential images and the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/02/17 / #20170312036

Methods and system for performing 3-d tool tracking by fusion of sensor and/or camera derived data during minimally invasive robotic surgery

Methods and system perform tool tracking during minimally invasive robotic surgery. Tool states are determined using triangulation techniques or a Bayesian filter from either or both non-endoscopically derived and endoscopically derived tool state information, or from either or both non-visually derived and visually derived tool state information. The non-endoscopically derived... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

11/02/17 / #20170312047

Medical device with active brake release control

A computer-assisted medical device includes an articulated arm with a plurality of joints and a control unit coupled to the articulated arm. The control unit is configured to send a command to a plurality of brakes in the articulated arm to begin a release of the plurality of brakes in... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/26/17 / #20170303824

Systems and methods for reducing measurement error using optical fiber shape sensors

An apparatus comprises an instrument including an elongated shaft. The apparatus also comprises a first shape sensor including an elongated optical fiber extending within the elongated shaft at a first radial distance from the neutral axis. The apparatus also comprises a twist resistant feature configured to reduce twisting of the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/26/17 / #20170303951

Combinational scissor-grasper tool for use in laparoscopy

... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/26/17 / #20170304012

Medical robotic system providing an auxiliary view including range of motion limitations for articulatable instruments extending out of a distal end of an entry guide

A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with surgical tools and a camera extending out of its distal end. To supplement the view provided by an image captured by the camera, an auxiliary view including articulatable arms of the surgical tools and/or camera is generated from sensed or otherwise... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/26/17 / #20170304014

Tension control in actuation of multi-joint medical instruments

Control systems and methods for a medical instrument use measurements to determine and control the tensions that actuators apply through instrument transmission systems. The use of tension and feedback allows control of a medical instrument having transmission systems that provide non-negligible compliance between joints and actuators even when the positions... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/26/17 / #20170305016

Tool position and identification indicator displayed in a boundary area of a computer display screen

An endoscope captures images of a surgical site for display in a viewing area of a monitor. When a tool is outside the viewing area, a GUI indicates the position of the tool by positioning a symbol in a boundary area around the viewing area so as to indicate the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/19/17 / #20170296038

Devices, systems, and methods using mating catheter tips and tools

A medical instrument system comprises an imaging probe including a distal tip terminating at a first distal end of the imaging probe and a lens disposed at the first distal end. The imaging probe including a first sealing feature on an external surface of the imaging probe. The medical instrument... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/19/17 / #20170296277

Manipulator arm-to-patient collision avoidance using a null-space

Devices, systems, and methods for avoiding collisions between a manipulator arm and an outer patient surface by moving the manipulator within a null-space. In response to a determination that distance between an avoidance geometry and obstacle surface, corresponding to a manipulator-to-patient distance is less than desired, the system calculates movement... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/19/17 / #20170296679

Compositions of near ir closed chain, sulfo-cyanine dyes and prostate specific membrane antigen ligands

Compositions and methods for visualizing tissue under illumination with fusion compounds of near-infrared radiation using near IR, closed chain, sulfo-cyanine dyes and prostate specific membrane antigen ligands are provided.... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/19/17 / #20170301068

System and multi-resolution sharpness transport across color channels

Provided are a system and method for image sharpening is provided that involves capturing an image, and then decomposing the image into a plurality of image-representation components, such as RGB components for example. Each image-representation component is transformed to obtain an unsharpened multi-resolution representation for each image-representation component. A multi-resolution... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

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10/12/17 / #20170290586

Stapling cartridge

A stapling cartridge having an elongated rail that provides support to a moveable clamping element and resists pulling or spreading forces caused by compressing and cutting tissue. The elongated rail can directly connect the stapling cartridge to the lower jaw and completely carry the moveable clamping element, which can couple... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/05/17 / #20170281139

Sytems and methods for display of pathological data in an image guided prodedure

A method comprises displaying an image of a patient anatomy for guiding a medical instrument to a deployment location during a medical procedure. The method further comprises recording a first sample identifier for a first tissue sample. The method also comprises receiving first tissue sample pathology information about the first... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/05/17 / #20170281287

System with guides and tools of different flexibility

A robotic medical system with a flexible guide tube such as a lung catheter can record the shape of the guide tube in a target configuration. If the shape includes a bend that is sharper than a sharpest permitted bend for insertion or removal of a tool such as a... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/05/17 / #20170281288

Flexible medical instrument

A medical system including a flexible instrument such as a lung catheter or bronchoscope provides a control mode in which direct manual control of insertion can be used with computer-assisted control of instrument characteristics such as the orientation or rigidity of a portion of the instrument. To facilitate manual insertion... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/05/17 / #20170281296

Apparatus for pitch and yaw rotation

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... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/05/17 / #20170281298

Optic fiber connection for a force sensing instrument

In one embodiment, a surgical instrument includes a housing linkable with a manipulator arm of a robotic surgical system, a shaft operably coupled to the housing, a force transducer on a distal end of the shaft, and a plurality of fiber optic strain gauges on the force transducer. In one... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/05/17 / #20170282372

Synthetic representation of a surgical robot

A synthetic representation of a robot tool for display on a user interface of a robotic system. The synthetic representation may be used to show the position of a view volume of an image capture device with respect to the robot. The synthetic representation may also be used to find... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

10/05/17 / #20170283384

Psma targeted fluorescent agents for image guided surgery

Compositions and methods for visualizing tissue under illumination with near-infrared radiation, including compounds comprising near-infrared, closed chain, sulfo-cyanine dyes and prostate specific membrane antigen ligands are disclosed.... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/28/17 / #20170273542

Systems and methods for medical instrument force sensing

A method for determining the force applied to a tip of a medical instrument includes receiving inputs from a medical instrument having at least one elongated actuation element used to manipulate a position of the instrument while in a patient's body. The method also includes applying the inputs to a... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/28/17 / #20170273712

Systems and methods for dynamic trajectory control

In one example, a method for performing a medical procedure includes receiving a command to initiate tissue sampling with a surgical instrument at a target location, retrieving a predefined dynamic trajectory for tissue sampling from a memory device, and moving the surgical instrument according to the predefined dynamic trajectory to... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/28/17 / #20170273748

Systems and methods for utilizing augmented jacobian to control manipulator joint movement

Devices, systems, and methods for providing commanded movement of an end effector of a manipulator while providing a desired movement of one or more joints of the manipulator. Methods include augmenting a Jacobian so that joint movements calculated from the Jacobian perform one or more auxiliary tasks and/or desired joint... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/28/17 / #20170273752

Detection pins to determine presence of surgical instrument and adapter on manipulator

An instrument carriage provides control of a surgical instrument coupled to the instrument carriage. The instrument carriage includes a control surface that is coupled to the surgical instrument to provide the control. A detection pin having a first distal end that extends from the control surface is coupled to the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265956

Systems and methods for adaptive input mapping

A method of controlling a movement of a medical instrument comprises receiving an input instruction from an operator input device movement and determining a control factor based on the input instruction. The method also comprises receiving a motion scaling parameter determined from the control factor and mapping the input instruction... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265865

Stapler with cable-driven advanceable clamping element and distal pulley

A surgical tool is provided comprising: a jaw assembly that includes a first and second elongated jaws each having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end of the first jaw is mounted to be rotatable about a pivot axis between an open position and a closed... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265890

Cannula with sensors to measure patient bodywall forces

A cannula is provided that includes a head portion that defines a proximal opening sized to receive one or more surgical instruments; an elongated inner tube rigidly fastened to the head portion defines an elongated conduit; a surgical instrument can be inserted within the conduit; an elongated overtube rigidly fastened... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

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09/21/17 / #20170265948

Medical robotic system with dynamically adjustable slave manipulator characteristics

A slave manipulator manipulates a medical device in response to operator manipulation of an input device through joint control systems. The stiffness and strength of the slave manipulator are adjustable according to criteria such as the mode of operation of the slave manipulator, the functional type of the medical device... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265952

Systems and methods for planning multiple interventional procedures

A method of deploying an interventional instrument comprises identifying a target structure in an anatomic frame of reference. The method further comprises determining a target region in the anatomic frame of reference with respect to a current position of the interventional instrument and recording a first engagement location of the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265953

Guide delivery of a flexible instrument and methods of use

A guiding apparatus comprises a plurality of collapsible support members and a plurality of retraction assemblies. Each of the plurality of retraction assemblies is coupled to a respective one of the plurality of collapsible support members. The plurality of collapsible support members have an extended configuration in which the plurality... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265954

Stapler with cable-driven advanceable clamping element and dual distal pulleys

A surgical instrument comprising: a jaw assembly; a slider beam; first and second distal jaw-mounted coaxial pulleys rotatably mounted to a distal portion of the second assembly; a two degree of freedom wrist that includes first and second pitch axis pulleys rotatable about a pitch axis and that includes a... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265956

Systems and methods for adaptive input mapping

A method of controlling a movement of a medical instrument comprises receiving an input instruction from an operator input device movement and determining a control factor based on the input instruction. The method also comprises receiving a motion scaling parameter determined from the control factor and mapping the input instruction... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258309

Endoscopic instrument with compliant thermal interface

An endoscopic instrument includes a heat-generating component that is thermally coupled to a heat sink via a movable contact structure. The movable contact structure accommodates the relative motion between the thermal conduit and heat sink to maintain the thermal coupling between those elements, and prevent damage to such thermal coupling... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258534

Systems and methods for avoiding collisions between manipulator arms using a null-space

Devices, systems, and methods for avoiding collisions between manipulator arms using a null-space are provided. In one aspect, the system calculates an avoidance movement using a relationship between reference geometries of the multiple manipulators to maintain separation between reference geometries. In certain embodiments, the system determines a relative state between... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258537

Multi-user medical robotic system for collaboration or training in minimally invasive surgical procedures

A multi-user medical robotic system for collaboration or training in minimally invasive surgical procedures includes first and second master input devices, a first slave robotic mechanism, and at least one processor configured to generate a first slave command for the first slave robotic mechanism by switchably using one or both... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/07/17 / #20170251905

Method of determining the shape of a bendable instrument

A method for determining a shape of a bendable instrument can include placing the bendable instrument in a neutral position; moving a first control element a first amount until slack is removed from the first control element; moving a second control element a second amount until slack is removed from... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/07/17 / #20170251905

Method of determining the shape of a bendable instrument

A method for determining a shape of a bendable instrument can include placing the bendable instrument in a neutral position; moving a first control element a first amount until slack is removed from the first control element; moving a second control element a second amount until slack is removed from... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

09/07/17 / #20170253270

Surgical patient side cart with steering interface

A patient side cart for a teleoperated surgical system can include one or more wheels positioned to support the cart for wheeled motion on a ground surface, at least one manipulator portion for holding a surgical instrument, a steering interface having a grasping portion and comprising a sensor positioned to... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/31/17 / #20170245744

Image capture unit in a surgical instrument

In a minimally invasive surgical system, an image capture unit includes a prism assembly and sensor assembly. The prism assembly includes a beam splitter, while the sensor assembly includes coplanar image capture sensors. Each of the coplanar image capture sensors has a common front end optical structure, e.g., the optical... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/31/17 / #20170245948

Synthetic representation of a surgical instrument

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... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/31/17 / #20170246743

Systems and methods for tracking a path using the null-space

Devices, systems, and methods for providing a desired movement of one or more joints of a manipulator arm having a plurality of joints with redundant degrees of freedom while effecting commanded movement of a distal end effector of the manipulator. Methods include defining a constraint, such as a network of... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/24/17 / #20170238795

Systems and methods for cleaning an endoscopic instrument

A method of cleaning a medical instrument involves initiating a flow of a pressurized fluid across a surface of the medical instrument, the pressurized fluid having a pressure that is greater than a standard operating room supply, and terminating the flow of the pressurized fluid after a predetermined duration.... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/24/17 / #20170239009

Systems and methods for proximal control of a surgical instrument

A robotic surgical system comprises an instrument chassis having a proximal mounting section and a distal mounting section. The system also comprises an instrument guide movably coupled to the distal mounting section and an actuator coupled to the proximal mounting section. A linkage system operably interconnects the actuator and the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/17/17 / #20170231703

Force transmission mechanism for surgical instrument, and related systems and methods

A force transmission mechanism for a surgical instrument includes a worm drive, a lever arm, and an actuation element. The lever arm may include a follower member at a first end of the lever arm. The follower member engages the worm drive and is configured to be driven by the... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/10/17 / #20170224340

Torque compensation

Embodiments of a clamping system are disclosed. In some embodiments, a system used with a motor assembly and a clamping device is presented, the system adjusting torque limits in the motor assembly according to conditions, for example operating temperature of the motor assembly and aging of the clamping device and... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/03/17 / #20170215974

Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses

Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector in space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/03/17 / #20170215975

Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses

Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector in space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc

08/03/17 / #20170215976

Software center and highly configurable robotic systems for surgery and other uses

Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector in space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range... Intuitive Surgical Operations Inc








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