Patents by Inventor Daniel H. Gomez

Daniel H. Gomez 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: 11559363
    Abstract: A computer-assisted teleoperated system includes a pre-load assembly in an instrument manipulator that is under the control of a controller. The controller can automatically cause the preload assembly to engage and disengage a preload. A surgical apparatus includes an instrument manipulator assembly and a sterile adapter assembly. The sterile adapter assembly is mounted in the distal face of the instrument manipulator assembly. When the preload assembly configures the instrument manipulator assembly to apply a preload force on the sterile adapter assembly, the sterile adapter assembly is removable from the distal face of the instrument manipulator. The sterile adapter assembly includes a mechanical sterile adapter assembly removal lockout and a mechanical instrument removal lockout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Holop, Anthony K. McGrogan, Jeffrey R. Roeder, Daniel H. Gomez, Arjang M. Hourtash, Thomas Brennan-Marquez, Probal Mitra
  • Publication number: 20220354600
    Abstract: A medical system comprises an entry guide, a display, and a processor. The processor may be configured to receive state information for an articulatable image capture device controllably extendable out of a distal end of the entry guide. The processor may be configured to generate a view including a graphical representation of a distal end portion of the articulatable image capture device as determined from the received state information and a graphical representation of a field of view of the articulatable image capture device extending distally from the distal end portion of the articulatable image capture device. The processor may also cause the view to be displayed on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Inventors: Marc E. Tognaccini, Daniel H. Gomez, Nicola Diolaiti, Tabish Mustufa, Probal Mitra, Paul E. Lilagan
  • Patent number: 11490977
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a manipulator, a surgical tool and a control system. The manipulator includes a manipulator mounting base, a pitch mechanism, a roll mechanism and a redundant rotation mechanism. The surgical tool is supported by the manipulator and has a tool shaft axis. The pitch mechanism rotates the surgical tool around a pitch axis. The roll mechanism rotates the surgical tool around a roll axis transverse to the pitch axis. The redundant rotation mechanism rotates the surgical tool around a redundant rotation axis. Each of the tool shaft axis, the pitch axis and the roll axis intersect at a remote center. The control system is configured to electronically communicate with and control operation of the manipulator to articulate the surgical tool during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Michael Schena, Roman L. Devengenzo, Gary C. Ettinger, Eugene F. Duval, Nicola Diolaiti, Daniel H. Gomez
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20220241039
    Abstract: A system comprises a teleoperational assembly including an operator control system and a first teleoperational manipulator configured for operation by an operator control device of the operator control system. The first teleoperational manipulator is configured to control the operation of a first medical instrument in a surgical environment. The system also comprises a processing unit including one or more processors. The processing unit is configured to display an image of a field of view of the surgical environment and display a menu proximate to an image of the first medical instrument in the image of the field of view. The menu includes at least one icon representing a function for the first medical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Tabish Mustufa, Heath Feather, Daniel H. Gomez, Brian D. Hoffman, Paul W. Mohr, Huan L. Phan
  • Publication number: 20220233259
    Abstract: A system includes a manipulator arm and a cannula mount arm. The manipulator arm includes a link and a locking assembly coupled to the link. The cannula mount arm includes a latch. The cannula mount arm is configured to be extended from the link to an extended position. The locking assembly is configured to engage with the latch when the cannula mount arm is extended from the link to the extended position so as to lock the cannula mount arm in the extended position. Activation of an electrical component coupled to the locking assembly is inhibited when a cannula is docked to the cannula mount arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Allen C. THOMPSON, Daniel H. GOMEZ, Kirk NANGREAVES
  • Patent number: 11382702
    Abstract: 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 determined information about their positions and orientations are displayed along with indications of range of motion limitations on a display screen from the perspective of a specified viewing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Marc E. Tognaccini, Daniel H. Gomez, Nicola Diolaiti, Tabish Mustufa, Probal Mitra, Paul E. Lilagan
  • Patent number: 11376086
    Abstract: A drape includes a first drape portion configured to receive a manipulator arm of a surgical system and a pocket coupled to a distal portion of the first drape portion. The pocket is configured to receive a manipulator of the surgical system. The pocket includes a flexible membrane positionable between an output of the manipulator and an input of a surgical instrument mountable to the manipulator. In some embodiments, the flexible membrane is located at a distal end of the pocket. In some embodiments, the flexible membrane is configured to allow an actuating force to be transmitted from the output of the manipulator to the input of the surgical instrument. In some embodiments, the pocket provides a sterile barrier between the manipulator and the surgical instrument. In some embodiments, the drape further includes a rotatable seal configured to couple a proximal opening of the pocket to the first drape portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony K. McGrogan, Jeffrey D. Brown, Thomas G. Cooper, Eugene F. Duval, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Publication number: 20220183780
    Abstract: A method of operating a manipulator arm comprising a manipulator interface configured to removably couple with and transmit actuation force to a medical instrument includes mounting a cannula to a cannula mount coupled to the manipulator arm; mounting a medical instrument to the manipulator interface; inserting a shaft of the medical instrument through an entry guide mounted to the cannula; rotating the manipulator interface and the medical instrument relative to the cannula mount; and rotating the entry guide relative to the cannula mount about a longitudinal axis of the cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas G. COOPER, Jeffrey D. BROWN, Nicola DIOLAITI, Eugene F. DUVAL, Daniel H. GOMEZ, Robert E. HOLOP, Paul E. LILAGAN, Anthony K. MCGROGAN, Craig R. RAMSTAD
  • Publication number: 20220160448
    Abstract: A system includes a manipulator assembly and a shroud that defines a sterile volume. The manipulator assembly includes a sterile link or a non-sterile link covered by an external sterile cover, and the link is received into and withdrawn from the shroud's sterile volume. The outside of the shroud may be non-sterile while the shroud maintains its interior sterile volume, so that the link or external sterile cover remains sterile as it moves within the shroud's sterile volume. The shroud may then extend into a non-sterile field in a surgical environment, and the link or external sterile cover remains sterile as the link is moved from the non-sterile field into a sterile field for surgery. The shroud may be movable, it may mechanically support the manipulator assembly, and it may be coupled to a surgical table or to a unit separate from a surgical table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, Ryan C. Abbott, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 11337768
    Abstract: A method comprises displaying an image of a field of view of a surgical environment. A first medical instrument in the field of view may be coupled to a first manipulator in a teleoperational assembly. The method may comprise displaying a menu proximate to an image of the first medical instrument in the image of the field of view. The menu may include a plurality of icons wherein each icon is associated with a function for the first medical instrument. The method may also comprise identifying a selected icon from the plurality of icons based upon a movement of an operator control device of a teleoperational operator control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Tabish Mustufa, Heath Feather, Daniel H. Gomez, Brian D. Hoffman, Paul W. Mohr, Huan L. Phan
  • Publication number: 20220151716
    Abstract: A computer-assisted medical system includes manipulators, a user input system, a user output system comprising a display device, and a controller configured to execute instructions to perform operations. The operations include, in a pairing mode and in response to a first set of signals generated by the user input system, causing a virtual selector shown on the display device to move relative to an imagery shown on the display device. The operations further include, in the pairing mode, associating a first manipulator with a portion of the user input system based on movement of the virtual selector relative to a represented location of the first instrument, and, in a following mode, controlling motion of the first instrument in accordance to a second set of signals generated by the user input system in response to operation of the portion of the user input system by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, Ian E. McDowall, Govinda Payyavula, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 11331154
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a link of a manipulator arm and a telescoping cannula mount assembly. The link includes a curved end. The telescoping cannula mount assembly is positioned in the curved end of the link. The telescoping cannula mount assembly includes a curved cannula mount arm. In a first state, the curved cannula mount arm is parked within the curved end of the link. In a second state, the curved cannula mount arm extends from the curved end of the link and is locked in an extended position. The telescoping cannula mount assembly also includes a mechanical arm retraction system. The mechanical arm retraction system couples the curved cannula mount arm to the curved end of the link. The mechanical arm retraction system is configured to automatically move the curved cannula mount arm from the second state to the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Allen C. Thompson, Daniel H. Gomez, Kirk Nangreaves
  • Publication number: 20220117680
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated docking include a linkage, a docking arm located near a distal end of the linkage, a docking support mechanism, and one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to detect a docking port using the docking support mechanism and actuate the linkage based on the detection to align the docking arm with the docking port, move the docking arm toward the docking port, and dock the docking arm to the docking port. In some embodiments, to actuate the linkage based on the detection, the one or more processors are configured to align the docking arm with an alignment point of the docking port, align an alignment axis of the docking arm with an alignment axis of the docking port, rotationally align the docking arm with the docking port, and reduce a relative distance between the docking arm and the docking port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Saleh TABANDEH, Daniel H. GOMEZ
  • Publication number: 20220087758
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimally invasive computer-assisted telesurgery are described. A computer-assisted teleoperated surgery system includes a teleoperated instrument actuation pod. The surgical instrument actuation pod includes a plurality of linear actuators arranged around a surgical instrument. The linear actuators engage with actuator engagement members on the instrument and so drive movable parts on the instrument. The actuation pod is mounted on a teleoperated manipulator. Instrument pod mass is close to the teleoperated manipulator to minimize the pod's inertia, momentum, and gravity effects on the manipulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Abbott, John Ryan Steger, Daniel H. Gomez, Ian E. McDowall, Amy Kerdok
  • Patent number: 11278364
    Abstract: An entry guide tube and cannula assembly, a surgical system including the assembly, and a method of surgical instrument insertion are provided. In one embodiment, the assembly includes a cannula having a proximal portion that operably couples to an accessory clamp of a manipulator arm, and a distal tubular member coupled to the proximal portion, the tubular member having an opening for passage of at least one instrument shaft. The assembly also includes an entry guide tube rotatably coupled to the proximal portion of the cannula, the entry guide tube including a plurality of channels for passage of a plurality of instrument shafts, wherein the entry guide tube is rotatably driven relative to the proximal portion of the cannula by rotation of at least one instrument shaft about a longitudinal axis of the entry guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Jeffrey D. Brown, Nicola Diolaiti, Eugene F. Duval, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Paul E. Lilagan, Anthony K. McGrogan, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Patent number: 11272993
    Abstract: A computer-assisted medical system includes manipulators, a user input system, a user output system comprising a display device, and a controller configured to execute instructions to perform operations. The operations include, in a pairing mode and in response to a first set of signals generated by the user input system, causing a virtual selector shown on the display device to move relative to an imagery shown on the display device. The operations further include, in the pairing mode, associating a first manipulator with a portion of the user input system based on movement of the virtual selector relative to a represented location of the first instrument, and, in a following mode, controlling motion of the first instrument in accordance to a second set of signals generated by the user input system in response to operation of the portion of the user input system by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, Ian E. McDowall, Govinda Payyavula, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 11266475
    Abstract: A computer-assisted system comprises a manipulator configured to support a tool, a lockable joint, and a controller. The manipulator extends distally from a base and comprises a distal portion. The lockable joint is coupled to the base and located proximally relative to the base. The controller is operably coupled to a powered joint. The powered joint is located distally relative to the base. The controller is configured to perform operations. The operations comprise: driving the powered joint to move the distal portion while the lockable joint is locked, and driving the powered joint to move the base while the lockable joint is unlocked and a position of the distal portion is externally maintained. A method includes processes for operating a computer-assisted system. A method includes determining a desired motion envelope for a tool supported by a manipulator, and positioning a base of the manipulator based on the desired motion envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: 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: 20220039909
    Abstract: A system generally includes a surgical manipulator configured to control motion of a surgical tool, and a clamping apparatus having a mounting location configured to support the surgical manipulator and couple to a mounting structure. The clamping apparatus may include a body, a first jaw coupled to the body and configured to engage a first portion of the mounting structure, and a second jaw coupled to the body and configured to engage a second portion of the mounting structure. At least one of the first jaw and the second jaw may be movably coupled to the body and configured to move along a non-linear path to clamp mounting structures of different sizes. A lever may be pivotably coupled to the body and may be movable between a unclamped position and a clamped position. Alternatively, a motor may be operable to attach the clamping apparatus to the mounting structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Ryan C. Abbott, Daniel H. Gomez, John Ryan Steger