Patents Assigned to Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20240065690
    Abstract: Surgical stapling instruments include mechanisms for identifying and/or deactivating stapler cartridges for use with the instruments. The stapling instrument includes a drive member for actuating a staple cartridge and a locking member movable from a disabled position permitting distal translation of the drive member through a staple firing stroke, to a locking position inhibiting distal translation of the drive member through the staple firing stroke. The staple cartridge may include a switch movable in a lateral direction to either maintain the locking member in the disabled position or to allow the locking member to move into the locking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Babak Jasemian, Tibor Laszlo Hites
  • Patent number: 11911069
    Abstract: A cannula seal is presented. The cannula seal includes a cross-slit seal that can include a side wall that includes folded sidewalls; slits that are formed by the folded sidewalls when the cross-slit seal is in a closed position; and a concave end surface at the slits. The cross-slit seal can include energizing ribs formed to close the seal. The instrument guide includes a pyramidal shaped seal that seals against doors when no instrument is inserted and seals against an instrument when the instrument is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bram Gilbert Antoon Lambrecht, William J. Park
  • Patent number: 11911142
    Abstract: Techniques for input control visualization include a control console. The control console includes a first input control operable by an operator and outside of a field of view of the operator, a display within the field of view of the operator, and one or more sensors. The one or more sensors acquire information about the first input control and a physical environment surrounding the first input control. A representation of the first input control and the physical environment is generated from the information. The representation is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yiming Mei, Michael Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11911003
    Abstract: A computer-assisted surgical system simultaneously provides visible light and alternate modality images that identify tissue or increase the visual salience of features of clinical interest that a surgeon normally uses when performing a surgical intervention using the computer-assisted surgical system. Hyperspectral light from tissue of interest is used to safely and efficiently image that tissue even though the tissue may be obscured in the normal visible image of the surgical field. The combination of visible and hyperspectral images are analyzed to provide details and information concerning the tissue or other bodily function that were not previously available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian E. McDowall, Jeffrey M. DiCarlo, Brian D. Hoffman, William Jason Culman
  • Patent number: 11911000
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a first subassembly, a second subassembly, a third subassembly, and a fourth subassembly, which are sequentially assembled and tested in making the endoscope. The first subassembly includes a pressure-sealed electrical cable connected to an image capture unit. The second subassembly includes the first subassembly, a shell, a light pipe, and a lid. The third subassembly includes the second subassembly, a central tube, and a flange. The fourth subassembly includes the third subassembly, a base, a shaft, and optionally an articulating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: William Jason Culman, Jaime G. Blackstad, Dominique D. Brichard, Peter M. Herzlinger, Willard Curtis Lomax
  • Patent number: 11903583
    Abstract: Stapler cartridges and surgical apparatus that include a stapler cartridge can include a knife that retracts into the stapler cartridge after cutting stapled tissue to prevent an operator being cut by the knife during replacement of the used stapler cartridge with a new stapler cartridge. A stapler cartridge includes a staple pushing shuttle, a knife member slidably coupled with the staple pushing shuttle, and a cartridge body. The staple pushing shuttle is slidably coupled to the cartridge body. The cartridge body includes a guide track engaged by the knife member and configured so that a cutting blade of the knife member protrudes from the cartridge body during a first portion of a distal movement of the staple pushing shuttle and the cutting blade is retracted into the cartridge body during a second portion of the distal movement of the staple pushing shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Burbank, Matthew A. Wixey, Nicholas Ragosta
  • Patent number: 11903664
    Abstract: A computer-assisted medical system includes a manipulator arm and an instrument holder physically coupled to the manipulator arm. The instrument holder is configured to releasably couple to an instrument. The instrument holder includes an adjustable assembly and a cannula clamp physically coupled to the adjustable assembly. A physical adjustment of the adjustable assembly moves the cannula clamp relative to the manipulator arm. The cannula clamp is configured to releasably couple to a cannula configured to receive the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Peter DiMaio, David William Bailey, Theodore W. Rogers, Alec Paul Robertson
  • Patent number: 11903665
    Abstract: A medical imaging system comprises a teleoperational assembly which includes a medical instrument including an instrument tip and an imaging instrument including an imaging instrument tip. The medical imaging system also comprises a processing unit including one or more processors. The processing unit may be configured to determine an instrument tip position for the instrument tip, determine an instrument tip position error relative to the imaging instrument, and determine at least one instrument tip bounding volume based on the determined instrument tip position, the determined instrument tip position error, and a ratio between an error radius of the instrument tip position error and a size of a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Itkowitz, Brian D. Hoffman, Paul W. Mohr
  • Patent number: 11903777
    Abstract: A method for controlling fluid delivery to a medical instrument comprises releasing, from a reservoir of a known size and having fluid at a volume and a first fluid pressure, a released fluid volume of the fluid to the medical instrument. The method also comprises measuring a vented fluid volume and determining a discharged fluid volume through the medical instrument based on the released fluid volume and the vented fluid volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A Kemp, Federico Barbagli, Joseph R. Callol, Vincent Duindam, Lucas S. Gordon, Randall L. Schlesinger, Samuel B. Schorr, Worth B. Walters
  • Patent number: 11903693
    Abstract: 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 corresponding information extracted from the computer model is then determined using probabilities associated with a set of potential matches so as to register the computer model of the anatomical structure to the medical device and thereby determine the lumen of the anatomical structure which the medical device is currently in. Sensor information may be used to limit the set of potential matches. Feature attributes associated with the sequence of images and the set of potential matches may be quantitatively compared as part of the determination of the most likely match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Tao Zhao, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 11896338
    Abstract: A medical device drive system can include a rotational input, a coupling member engaged with the rotational input, a first gear having an engagement feature sized and shaped to engage with the coupling member, and a second gear coupled with the first gear, the second gear coupled to a movable element. The system can have a first system state and a second system state. In the first system state the coupling member is not engaged with the engagement feature and the first gear rotates without moving the coupling member. In the second system state the coupling member is engaged with the engagement feature of the first gear and rotation of the rotational input turns the coupling member, the first gear, and the second gear to move the movable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas H. Ragosta, Matthew A. Wixey
  • Patent number: 11899248
    Abstract: An optical fiber cleaning assembly includes a cleaning tape, a first spool having the cleaning tape wound thereon, a second spool onto which the cleaning tape is drawn, a drive mechanism configured to move the cleaning tape from the first spool to the second spool, and one or more first connectors configured to mate with one or more connectors of a system, the system including a first optical fiber. The optical fiber cleaning assembly further includes one or more second connectors configured to mate with one or more optical fiber connectors of a device while the optical fiber cleaning assembly is attached to the system by the one or more first connectors, the device including a second optical fiber. The drive mechanism is configured to move the cleaning tape from the first spool to the second spool to wipe the face of the first or second optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Rohr Daniel, Troy K. Adebar, David W. Bailey, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Edward P. Donlon, Mark Froggatt, Christopher M. Major, Randall L. Schlesinger
  • Patent number: 11897127
    Abstract: A method is performed by a computing system. The method includes receiving image data from an imaging device, and determining, using the image data, a plurality of image-space tools, each image-space tool associated with a tool of a plurality of tools, each tool controlled by a manipulator of a plurality of manipulators. The method further includes determining a first correspondence between a first image-space tool of the plurality of image-space tools and a first tool of the plurality of tools based on a first disambiguation setting associated with the first tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon P. DiMaio, Ambarish G. Goswami, Dinesh Rabindran, Changyeob Shin, Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 11896224
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a staple cartridge for a surgical instrument having a staple and a staple pusher. The staple pusher has a recess forming a pocket in its top surface for receiving at least the backspan of the staple. The pocket is at least partially surrounded by a circumferential supporting element in the staple pusher body to support the backspan. The pocket provides additional vertical space and support for the staple such that a smaller staple cartridge may provide a substantially similar performance as conventional staple cartridges, allowing for a more compact and maneuverable surgical instrument. In addition, the pocket in the staple pusher allows for a staple having a larger bend radius than conventional staples, thereby providing additional support for the staple and minimizing malformation of the staple during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Ashley Wellman
  • Patent number: 11896334
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimally invasive computer-assisted telesurgery are described. For example, this disclosure describes computer-assisted teleoperated surgery instruments with cable-actuated joint mechanisms Some such joint mechanisms include linkages that maintain the joints in operable configurations without relying on cable tension to do so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Keith Tsuji, Edward Paul Donlon
  • Patent number: 11896364
    Abstract: A non-transitory machine-readable media storing instructions is provided. The instructions cause one or more processors to: define a subregion of a model of an anatomic region of a patient anatomy, the subregion corresponding to an area surrounding a tip of an image capture probe located within the anatomic region, the subregion including a plurality of virtual tissue structures—a set of virtual tissue structures of the plurality of virtual tissue structures is situated distally from the tip of the probe; compare a tissue structure in an image received from a camera positioned at the tip of the probe to a portion of the plurality of virtual tissue structures to identify a closest matched virtual tissue structure; and based on identification of the closest matched virtual tissue structure, register the image to the model to identify a virtual probe position for the tip of the probe with respect to the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhao, Prashant Chopra
  • Patent number: 11902501
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a controller coupled to a stereoscopic image viewer. The stereoscopic image viewer includes a viewing lens, an image capture unit, and a plurality of light sources. The image capture unit is configured to capture image frames. The controller receives the captured image frames. The controller is configured to switch light output from one of the plurality of light sources to another one of the plurality of light sources if a corneal reflection in a captured image frame intersects a fixed reflection in the captured image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Feather, Randal P. Goldberg, Alexandre V. Matveev
  • Patent number: 11896441
    Abstract: A measurement system accesses first and second images captured respectively from first and second vantage points by first and second cameras included within a stereoscopic endo scope located at a surgical area associated with a patient. The measurement system receives user input designating a user-selected two-dimensional (“2D”) endpoint corresponding to a feature within the surgical area as represented in the first image, and identifies, based on the user-selected 2D endpoint, a matched 2D endpoint corresponding to the feature as represented in the second image. Based on the user-selected and matched 2D endpoints, the measurement system defines a three-dimensional (“3D”) endpoint corresponding to the feature within the surgical area. The measurement system then determines a distance from the 3D endpoint to an additional 3D endpoint corresponding to an additional feature within the surgical area. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohitkumar Godhani, Brian D. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11896316
    Abstract: A method includes receiving anatomic image data comprising a plurality of graphical units; generating an initial segmented set of the plurality of graphical units associated with an anatomic tree structure; receiving an indication of a first user selected graphical unit, the first user selected graphical unit being outside the initial segmented set of the plurality of graphical units; applying a cost function to determine a first sequence of graphical units from the first user selected graphical unit to the initial segmented set of graphical units; receiving an indication of a second user selected graphical unit, the second user selected graphical unit being selected from the first sequence of the plurality of graphical units; and applying the cost function to determine a second sequence of the plurality of graphical units from the second user selected graphical unit to the initial segmented set of the plurality of graphical units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Pechin Chien Pau Lo, Jun Ma, Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 11896331
    Abstract: Implementations relate to detecting user touch on a controller handle. In some implementations, a non-controlling mode of a control system is activated, and in the non-controlling mode, one or more actuators are controlled to cause a vibration to be provided on a handle of a controller. The vibration is sensed with one or more sensors, and a difference in the vibration is determined to have occurred relative to a reference vibration using the one or more sensors, where the difference satisfies one or more predetermined thresholds. A controlling mode of the system is activated in response to determining the difference in the vibration, and the vibration is modified on the handle in response to detecting the change in the vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Cedric Schwab