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: 11154373
    Abstract: An instrument system includes an instrument, a drive system, and a controller operably connected to a first drive mechanism and a second drive mechanism of the drive system. The controller is configured to operate the first drive mechanism and the second drive mechanism drive a flexible tensioning member of the instrument to cause movement of an end effector of the instrument while maintaining a tension applied to the flexible tensioning member of the instrument in a tension range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Abbott, John Ryan Steger, Daniel H. Gomez, Ian E. McDowall, Amy Kerdok
  • Patent number: 11135027
    Abstract: A teleoperated manipulator system includes a manipulator assembly and a tool actuation assembly coupled to the manipulator assembly. The tool actuation assembly inserts a tool, such as a surgical instrument, along an insertion axis and also rotates the tool around the insertion axis. The manipulator assembly includes an arm that rotates with reference to amounting base to rotate the tool around a yaw axis that intersects the insertion axis. A distal portion of the arm defines an arcuate pitch arc, and a center of the pitch arc is coincident with the intersection of the insertion axis and the yaw axis. The tool actuation assembly is driven along the pitch arc to pitch the tool. The manipulator system is optionally a telesurgical system, and the tool is optionally a therapeutic, diagnostic, or imaging surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Abbott, Daniel H. Gomez, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20210251705
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimally invasive computer-assisted telesurgery are described. For example, this disclosure provides surgical instruments and instrument drive systems for computer-assisted tele-operated surgery that are structured and operated to negate the effects of cable stretch within the surgical instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Abbott, Daniel H. Gomez, Amy Kerdok, Ian E. McDowall, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20210236220
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling a moveable component include a system, a method, and/or a non-transitory computer-readable medium. A controller coupled to the moveable component is configured to hold the moveable component at a first position, detect a disturbance that moves the moveable component from the first position, in response to a detection of the disturbance, move the moveable component according to a first motion, continue to move the moveable component according to the first motion until a stop condition is detected, even if the disturbance ends before the stop condition is detected, and in response to a detection of the stop condition, hold the moveable component at a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Nicola Diolaiti, Jeffrey D. Brown, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Anthony K. McGrogan, Probal Mitra, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Publication number: 20210220066
    Abstract: An instrument manipulator and a robotic surgical system including an instrument manipulator are provided. In one embodiment, an instrument manipulator includes a plurality of independent actuator drive modules, each of the plurality of actuator drive modules including an actuator output, wherein each of the actuator outputs are configured to independently actuate a corresponding actuator input of a surgical instrument without force input from another actuator output. The instrument manipulator further includes a frame housing the plurality of independent actuator drive modules, the frame including a distal end from which each of the actuator outputs distally protrude for engaging the corresponding actuator inputs of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd R. SOLOMON, Thomas G. COOPER, Eugene F. DUVAL, Nicola DIOLAITI, Daniel H. GOMEZ, Robert E. HOLOP, Anthony K. McGROGAN, Craig R. RAMSTAD, Theodore W. ROGERS
  • Patent number: 11020191
    Abstract: A controller in a computer-assisted teleoperated surgical system automatically moves a part of the system, in response to a user tapping the part, to facilitate draping of that part. This speeds the draping process and diminishes the likelihood that the sterile surgical drape is damaged or contaminated during the draping of that part of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicola Diolaiti, Jeffrey D. Brown, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Anthony K. McGrogan, Probal Mitra, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Patent number: 11020192
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimally invasive computer-assisted telesurgery are described. For example, this disclosure provides surgical instruments and instrument drive systems for computer-assisted tele-operated surgery that are structured and operated to negate the effects of cable stretch within the surgical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Abbott, Daniel H. Gomez, Amy Kerdok, Ian E. McDowall, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 11013574
    Abstract: A medical device system includes: a surgical arm mounting device including a coupler and a surgical arm interface, the coupler including a clamp for a first side rail of an operating table; and a support member including a brace, the brace extending from the coupler at least part way across the width of an operating table. The clamp has a first mechanical state in which the mounting device is fixed to the side rail, a second mechanical state in which the mounting device is translatable along the side rail, and a third mechanical state in which the mounting device is removable from the side rail. The surgical arm interface is configured to receive a mating mounting device interface of a surgical arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20210137635
    Abstract: A medical device system includes: an auxiliary rail including a frame and a flange extending from the frame; and a surgical arm mounting device including a coupler and a surgical arm interface. The frame is configured to be mounted on a side rail of an operating table. The coupler includes a clamp for the flange of the auxiliary table rail. The clamp of the coupler has a first mechanical state in which the mounting device is fixed to the auxiliary rail and a second mechanical state in which the mounting device is translatable along the auxiliary rail. The surgical arm interface receives a mating mounting device interface of a surgical arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20210128262
    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: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 10973598
    Abstract: A manipulator for articulating a surgical tool during surgery includes an instrument holder, a parallelogram linkage assembly, an offset extension link, a yaw joint, and a mounting base. The instrument holder is configured to couple with the surgical tool. The parallelogram linkage assembly produces motion of the instrument holder that is limited to rotation about a pitch axis that intersects a remote center of manipulation. The offset extension link has an offset extension link distal end and an offset extension link proximal end. The yaw joint is connected to the offset extension link proximal end and produces motion of the instrument holder that is limited to rotation about a yaw axis that intersects the remote center of manipulation. The offset extension link distal end is offset from the yaw axis. The mounting base is coupled with the yaw joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    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: 20210093402
    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: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Tabish Mustufa, Heath Feather, Daniel H. Gomez, Brian D. Hoffman, Paul W. Mohr, Huan L. Phan
  • 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: 20210052340
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling an end effector includes a drive unit having a first actuator and a second actuator, a moveable platform drivably coupled to the first actuator, first and second engagement members drivably coupled to the second actuator; and a control unit. The control unit is configured to actuate the first actuator to drive the platform, detect engagement of the first engagement member with a third engagement member of an instrument, detect engagement of the second engagement member with a fourth engagement member of the instrument, and actuate the second actuator to drive the first and second engagement members. Movement of the third and engagement member causes movement of a degree of freedom of an end effector of the instrument in a first direction. Movement of the fourth engagement member causes movement of the degree of freedom in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Dinesh RABINDRAN, Ryan C. ABBOTT, Daniel H. GOMEZ, John Ryan STEGER
  • Patent number: 10918449
    Abstract: An instrument manipulator and a robotic surgical system including an instrument manipulator are provided. In one embodiment, an instrument manipulator includes a plurality of independent actuator drive modules, each of the plurality of actuator drive modules including an actuator output, wherein each of the actuator outputs are configured to independently actuate a corresponding actuator input of a surgical instrument without force input from another actuator output. The instrument manipulator further includes a frame housing the plurality of independent actuator drive modules, the frame including a distal end from which each of the actuator outputs distally protrude for engaging the corresponding actuator inputs of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC
    Inventors: Todd R. Solomon, Thomas G. Cooper, Eugene F. Duval, Nicola Diolaiti, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Anthony K. McGrogan, Craig R. Ramstad, Theodore W. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20210022768
    Abstract: A surgical access port comprises an instrument guide. The instrument guide comprises a proximal end, a distal end, a plurality of instrument guide channels between the proximal and distal ends, and an outside surface that fits closely to an inner wall surface of a cannula into which the instrument guide is inserted. The instrument guide also comprises a first guide channel opening defined along a length of a first guide channel of the plurality of instrument guide channels. The instrument guide also comprises a second guide channel opening defined along a length of a second guide channel of the plurality of instrument guide channels. The instrument guide also comprises an insufflation channel defined between the first and second guide channel openings. The insufflation channel extends from a position between the proximal and distal ends of the instrument guide to the distal end of the instrument guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Daniel H. Gomez, Paul E. Lilagan, Anthony K. McGrogan, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10856946
    Abstract: An instrument manipulator and a robotic surgical system including an instrument manipulator are provided. In one embodiment, an instrument manipulator includes a plurality of independent actuator drive modules, each of the plurality of actuator drive modules including an actuator output, wherein each of the actuator outputs are configured to independently actuate a corresponding actuator input of a surgical instrument without force input from another actuator output. The instrument manipulator further includes a frame housing the plurality of independent actuator drive modules, the frame including a distal end from which each of the actuator outputs distally protrude for engaging the corresponding actuator inputs of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC
    Inventors: Todd R. Solomon, Thomas G. Cooper, Eugene F Duval, Nicola Diolaiti, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Anthony K. McGrogan, Craig R. Ramstad, Thoeodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10842529
    Abstract: A surgical access port comprises a seal and an instrument guide, which comprises proximal and distal ends, a plurality of instrument guide channels, and an outside surface that fits closely to an inner wall surface of a cannula into which the instrument guide is inserted. The seal is positioned to seal between the instrument guide and the inner wall surface as the instrument guide rotates within the cannula. A first guide channel is configured to support a first surgical instrument at a first defined position within the cannula. A second guide channel is configured to support a second surgical instrument at a second defined position within the cannula. A first guide channel opening is defined along a length of the first guide channel to be open to the outside surface of the instrument guide and place a portion of the first surgical instrument adjacent the inner wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Anthony K. McGrogan, Paul E. Lilagan, Daniel H. Gomez, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 10836045
    Abstract: A robotic system has a plurality of user selectable operating modes. To select one of the operating modes, a user performs a distinguishing action which uniquely identifies a desired operating mode among the plurality of user selectable operating modes. A method implemented by a processor in the robotic system identifies the distinguishing action and places the robotic system in the user selected operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola Diolaiti, Daniel H. Gomez, Probal Mitra, Tabish Mustufa