Patents Assigned to Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20220304674
    Abstract: A needle driver device comprises an arcuate-shaped distal end portion defining an aperture opening at a distal end of the needle driver device and a cutting element disposed an exterior surface portion of the needle driver device. The cutting element is configured to cut suturing material. Devices, systems, and methods relate to cutting suturing material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald G. LITKE, John F. GOODMAN, Justin KROM, Jake A. LUCKMAN, Nathan VENSKYTIS
  • Patent number: 11452572
    Abstract: A medical device includes a first link, a second link, and a band. A proximal end portion of the first link is coupled to a shaft. A proximal end portion of the second link is rotatably coupled to a distal end portion of first link about a first axis. The distal end portion of the second link includes a connector coupled to a tool member that is rotatable relative to the second link about a second axis that is non-parallel to the first axis. The first link defines a first guide channel and the second link defines a second guide channel. A distal end of the band is disposed within the first guide channel and the second guide channel, and is coupled to the tool member. The second link is rotatable relative to the first link about the first axis when the distal end of the band is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Abbott, Isabelle Heye
  • Patent number: 11452489
    Abstract: A radiation finder tool assists in locating tissue of interest within a patient. The radiation finder tool includes a body and a plurality of radiation detectors. The body has a distal end, a proximal end. A lengthwise axis of the radiation finder tool extends between the proximal end and the distal end of the body. The plurality of radiation detectors is oriented serially along the lengthwise axis, e.g., stacked one after the other along the lengthwise axis. Each radiation detector of the plurality of radiation detectors has a different field of view for radiation detected by that radiation detector. Each field of view of the plurality of radiation detectors has the lengthwise axis at its center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Sorger, Ian E. McDowall, Theodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 11452569
    Abstract: A medical system comprises a flexible device configured to be positioned at least partially within a patient anatomy. The patient anatomy includes a plurality of anatomical passageways. The medical system further comprises a memory device including computer executable instructions, the computer executable instructions for performing operations. The operations comprise determining a shape of the flexible device and determining a deformation force for a section of the flexible device. The operations further comprise registering a model of a candidate anatomical passageway of the plurality of anatomical passageways to a model of the flexible device based on the shape of the flexible device and the deformation force for the section of the flexible device. The operations further comprise generating a composite model of the patient anatomy based on the registering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Prashant Chopra
  • Patent number: 11452545
    Abstract: Embodiments of a cannula seal are disclosed. In some embodiments, a cannula seal can include a base portion that engages with a cannula; and a seal portion integrally formed with the base portion that slidebly engages with an instrument shaft such that an insertion frictional force between the seal portion and the instrument shaft for insertion of the instrument shaft is symmetrical and substantially equal with a retraction frictional force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Bruce M. Schena, Randal P. Goldberg
  • Publication number: 20220296323
    Abstract: Implementations relate to a moveable display unit on a track. In some implementations, a control unit includes a support linkage including a first support coupled to a second support, a track member coupled to a distal portion of the second support, and a display unit coupled to the track member. The display unit includes a display device. The display unit is linearly translatable in first and second degrees of freedom provided by the support linkage. The display unit is rotatable, with respect to the second support, about a tilt axis in a third degree of freedom defined by the track member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. WALDO, Scott O. LUKE, Charles A. SWEENEY, Allen C. THOMPSON, Randal P. GOLDBERG, Jason A. GLASSER, Peling G. LEE, Pushkar HINGWE, Lawton N. VERNER, Goran A. LYNCH, Russell L. E. BLANCHARD
  • Publication number: 20220296322
    Abstract: A surgical system comprises a base, an arm assembly operably coupled to the base, and an instrument manipulator assembly coupled to a distal link of the arm assembly. The instrument manipulator assembly comprises an instrument manipulator interface to removably couple with a medical instrument and transfer actuation forces to the medical instrument. The instrument manipulator interface comprises a mounting surface and a plurality of actuator outputs to operably engage with respectively corresponding inputs of the medical instrument. The actuator outputs extend from the mounting surface along directions substantially parallel to a shaft of the medical instrument in a mounted state of the medical instrument to the instrument manipulator interface. In the mounted state of the medical instrument, the instrument manipulator interface and medical instrument are rotatable together about a roll axis of rotation relative to the distal link of the arm assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel H. GOMEZ, Jeffrey D. BROWN, Thomas G. COOPER, Eugene F. DUVAL, Robert E. HOLOP, Anthony K. McGROGAN, Craig R. RAMSTAD, Theodore W. ROGERS, Todd R. SOLOMON
  • Patent number: 11446105
    Abstract: An instrument sterile drape includes a plastic sheet and an instrument sterile adapter (ISA) coupled to the plastic sheet. The ISA includes bottom and top plates located on opposite sides of the plastic sheet plate and joined together. A passage in the bottom plate allows an instrument carriage flux connection to pass through the plastic sheet and the bottom plate to be adjacent to the top plate. The top plate includes a signal transmission area that will be adjacent to an upper surface of the flux connection of the instrument carriage. A flux connector may close an opening in the signal transmission area of the top plate and provide a path for an electrical or optical signal. The signal transmission area of the top plate may be thinned to allow an RFID sensor to be closer to an RFID device in a surgical instrument attached to the instrument sterile adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dachs, II, Tyler J. Morrissette, Bruce Michael Schena
  • Patent number: 11445934
    Abstract: A system comprises a medical instrument, including a sensing tool, and a processing unit configured to apply a segmentation function using a first seed to a three-dimensional image of a patient anatomy to create a model; receive position data from the instrument while navigating the patient anatomy; register a position of the instrument with the model; receive data related to the patient anatomy from the sensing tool; and update the model in response to detecting a difference between the model and the patient anatomy. Updating the model includes reapplying the segmentation function using a second seed corresponding to a passageway of the patient anatomy that is not present within the model. Detecting the difference between the model and the patient anatomy includes analyzing temporal information obtained from shape data generated by the sensing tool while the instrument traverses portions of the patient anatomy not represented by the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Tao Zhao, Vincent Duindam, Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Timothy D. Soper, Federico Barbagli
  • Patent number: 11445988
    Abstract: A method comprises determining a predicted pose of an elongate medical device within a patient anatomy. The method further comprises extracting a plurality of reference images from 3-D reference information, wherein the plurality of reference images includes a predicted reference image corresponding to the predicted pose of the elongate medical device. The method comprises capturing an x-ray image of the patient anatomy, wherein the captured x-ray image includes captured x-ray attenuation information. The method further comprises searching for a closest matching reference image between the captured x-ray image and one of the plurality of reference images. The method comprises determining an offset between the captured x-ray image and the closest matching reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Prashant Chopra
  • Publication number: 20220287699
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a shaft, a force transmission mechanism disposed at a first end of the shaft, an end effector disposed at a second end of the shaft, an actuation element that extends along the shaft from the force transmission mechanism to the end effector, and an actuation element guide extending along the shaft. The actuation element guide defines a lumen in which the actuation element guide is received. The actuation element guide is compressed into a pre-compressed state along at least a portion of an axial length of the shaft. The actuation element guide can be compressed between first and second blocks of the instrument. The instrument can include a flush tube configured to receive a cleaning fluid, with the actuation element guide being in flow communication with the flush tube to receive the cleaning fluid in the lumen of the actuation element guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel T. CREWS, Nicole KERNBAUM, Lawrence KERVER, Harsukhdeep Singh RATIA
  • Publication number: 20220287788
    Abstract: A computer-assisted medical system includes a display unit configured to provide images to an operator of the display unit, a headrest configured to receive a mechanical input provided by a head of the operator in mechanical contact with the headrest, a headrest sensor interfacing with the headrest and configured to provide sensor signals based on the mechanical input, and a controller. The controller includes a computer processor, and is configured to process the sensor signals to obtain a driving input, drive, by the driving input, a virtual mass to obtain a simulated virtual mass movement, and cause movement of the headrest, the movement of the headrest tracking the virtual mass movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Sina Parastegari, Goran Lynch
  • Patent number: 11439376
    Abstract: A low-friction medical device includes a first link, a second link, and a tension member. The first link is coupled to an instrument shaft and a first guide path is defined in the first link. The second link is rotatable relative to the first link through an angular range. A distal end portion of the second link is rotatably coupled to a tool member. A curved guide path is defined within the second link between the tool member and the first guide path. A curved guide surface of the second link defines a portion of the second guide path. A first portion of the tension member is parallel to a centerline of the first guide path, and a second portion is coupled to the tool member. A third portion of the tension member between the first and second portions is in contact with the curved guide surface throughout a portion of the angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsukhdeep Ratia, Alain Sadaka, Zhou Ye
  • Patent number: 11439390
    Abstract: Locking assemblies for surgical clamping and cutting instruments include a locking member and a switch. A drive member may be configured to releasably engage a knife and/or a shuttle of the surgical instrument for translating the knife and/or shuttle in a distal direction through a firing stroke. The locking member is movable from a first position permitting distal translation of the drive member through the firing stroke, and a second position inhibiting distal translation of the drive member through the firing stroke. A switch, when proximally positioned, releasably engages the locking member to maintain the locking member in the first position. The switch disengages from the locking member when the switch is moved to a distal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Atal C Patel, Matthew Aaron Wixey
  • Patent number: 11439394
    Abstract: 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 element is not parallel to the rotational axis of the first rotating element and rotating the first rotating element about the rotational axis of the first rotating element to cause rotation of the second rotating element about the rotational axis of the second rotating element. The rotation of the second rotating element causes translation of a first actuation element along the rotational axis of the second rotating element. The translation of the first actuation element causes pivotal motion of the first jaw portion towards the second jaw portion. Other methods and devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Gold, David J. Danitz
  • Patent number: 11439472
    Abstract: 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 currently being held by the slave manipulator, and the current phase of a medical procedure being performed using the slave manipulator by changing corresponding parameters of the control system. For safety purposes, such changes are not made until it is determined that it can be done in a smooth manner without causing jerking of the medical device. Further, an excessive force warning may be provided to surgery staff when excessive forces are being commanded on the slave manipulator for more than a specified period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Maria Prisco, Hubert Stein, Paul Millman, David W. Bailey, William C. Nowlin, Gregory K. Toth, Thomas R. Nixon
  • Patent number: 11439454
    Abstract: A method comprises simultaneously presenting on a display a plurality of graphical screen sections, each graphical screen section comprising adjustable control settings. The plurality of graphical screen sections respectively align with a plurality of connector ports, and each connector port is configured to be operably coupled with a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Julie L. Berry, Paul W. Mohr
  • Publication number: 20220280045
    Abstract: An endoscopic system for sensing one or more characteristics at an environment of a worksite comprises a shaft comprising a proximal end portion and a distal end portion; an electrically active sensor system comprising a sensor positioned to sense at least one characteristic of an environment in which the distal end portion of the shaft is located; an electrical power transmission line electrically coupled to the sensor and extending along the shaft, the electrical power transmission line configured to transmit power to the sensor; and a floating ground element electrically isolated from an earth ground and operably coupled to the electrically active sensor system. An overall capacitance between the electrical power transmission line and the floating ground element is greater than an overall capacitance between the floating ground element and earth ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dominique BRICHARD, Peter M. HERZLINGER, David D. SCOTT, Klaus ZIETLOW
  • Publication number: 20220280254
    Abstract: A force transmission mechanism for a teleoperated surgical instrument includes a drive pulley, a drive cable operably coupled with the drive pulley, a driven pulley operably coupled with the drive cable, and an actuation member operably coupled to the driven pulley. The actuation member is configured to transmit force to actuate an end effector of the surgical instrument. Rotational motion of the driven pulley causes translational movement of the actuation element to actuate the end effector. Methods relate to operating a force transmission mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel T. CREWS, Harsukhdeep Singh RATIA, Nicole KERNBAUM
  • Publication number: 20220280031
    Abstract: A stereoscopic endoscope comprises a first lens train; a second lens train; a prism; and a continuous image sensor surface. The first lens train directs light along a first path through the first lens train and the prism to be incident on a first region of the continuous image sensor, and the second lens train directs light along a second path through the second lens train and the prism to be incident on a second region of the continuous image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David C. SHAFER, Dennis C. LEINER