Patents by Inventor Andrew Cullen WATERBURY

Andrew Cullen WATERBURY has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11413064
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimally invasive computer-assisted telesurgery are described. For example, this disclosure describes cannula devices for use with computer-assisted teleoperated surgery systems. The cannula devices can facilitate enlargement of a minimally invasive surgical workspace by creating a tissue tent. The devices and methods described herein can be used in conjunction with computer-assisted teleoperated surgery systems that use either hardware-constrained remote centers of motion or software-constrained remote centers of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Cullen Waterbury
  • Publication number: 20220039890
    Abstract: An instrument holder generally includes a carriage rotatable with respect to a carriage support, a light pipe extending axially through the carriage, and an electrical conductor extending through the carriage radially outward of the light pipe. The light pipe can transmit light energy and the electrical conductor can transmit electricity between a proximal end portion and a distal end portion of the carriage to a medical instrument. The rotatable carriage may include a sterile adapter assembly positioned at the proximal and/or distal end portions of the rotatable carriage. The sterile adapter assembly may include a roll disk rotatable with respect to the outer frame, an inner disk rotatable with respect to the roll disk, and a light pipe to transmit light energy through the roll disk. The inner disk can transfer movement of an actuator between the rotatable carriage and the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Cullen Waterbury, Daniel H. Gomez, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20220039892
    Abstract: An instrument holder generally includes a carriage support having an output drive and a carriage configured to removably couple an instrument thereto, the carriage may have a lateral opening extending radially outward from a central axis of the carriage, and the lateral opening may be configured to receive a portion of the instrument therein. The carriage may further include a positioning member disposed on an outer surface of the such that rotation of the output drive changes an angular position of the carriage relative to the carriage support. The positioning member may be configured to allow the output drive to operably couple with the carriage at an engagement point adjacent to the lateral opening. The carriage may include a positionable door or a fin extending into the lateral opening to allow the output drive to drive the carriage around a full 360 degree rotation or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew Cullen Waterbury, Daniel H. Gomez, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20210077213
    Abstract: Systems and methods for computer-assisted systems using robotic technology are described. For example, this disclosure describes systems and methods that can be used in various contexts such as, but not limited to, minimally invasive computer-assisted tele-operated surgery using robotic technology. The disclosure describes instruments and mechanisms for actuating and controlling the motions of such instruments. The instruments and actuator mechanisms may be used in medical operations and non-medical operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel H. GOMEZ, Andrew Cullen WATERBURY, John Ryan STEGER, Alain SADAKA
  • Publication number: 20210015572
    Abstract: Systems and methods for computer-assisted systems using robotic technology are described. For example, this disclosure describes systems and methods that can be used in various contexts such as, but not limited to, minimally invasive computer-assisted tele-operated surgery using robotic technology. The disclosure describes instruments and mechanisms for actuating and controlling the motions of such instruments. The instruments and actuator mechanisms may be used in medical operations and non-medical operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, Andrew Cullen Waterbury, John Ryan Steger, Alain Sadaka
  • Publication number: 20200315721
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimally invasive tele-surgery are described. For example, the disclosure describes methods for independently controlling motions of the robotic manipulator, cannula, and surgical instrument in various surgical contexts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Dinesh Rabindran, Katherine Suzanne Anderson, Nicholas Leo Bernstein, Simon Peter DiMaio, Catherine Mohr, Theodore W. Rogers, Kollin Myles Tierling, Andrew Cullen Waterbury
  • Publication number: 20190231450
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimally invasive computer-assisted telesurgery are described. For example, this disclosure describes cannula devices for use with computer-assisted teleoperated surgery systems. The cannula devices can facilitate enlargement of a minimally invasive surgical workspace by creating a tissue tent. The devices and methods described herein can be used in conjunction with computer-assisted teleoperated surgery systems that use either hardware-constrained remote centers of motion or software-constrained remote centers of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Cullen WATERBURY