Patents by Inventor Justin Krom

Justin Krom 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).

  • Publication number: 20190192254
    Abstract: A cannula for a surgical system may include a magnet located in a position to be sensed by the surgical system in a mounted position of the cannula to the surgical system. At least one of a presence of the magnet and a polarity of the magnet is sensed in the mounted position of the cannula to provide identification information relating to the cannula. Exemplary embodiments further encompass a patient side cart for a teleoperated surgical system, the patient side cart including a base, a main column, and an arm connected to the main column. The arm may include a mount to receive a cannula and a reader to sense a magnet of an identification device in the cannula so as to receive identification information relating to a mounted cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon R. GARBUS, Allen C. THOMPSON, Justin KROM
  • Publication number: 20190015148
    Abstract: A cover for an electrosurgical instrument having a wrist structure and an end effector is provided. The cover includes a hollow elongated structure, which includes a tip cover portion and a base cover portion integrally connected to the tip cover portion. The tip cover portion has a distal end with an opening therethrough sized to receive the end effector of the electrosurgical instrument and is composed of a first, electrically insulative material having a flexibility sufficient to allow the end effector to be manipulated while the end effector is received in the opening. The base cover portion is composed of a second material having a higher tear strength than the first material. The tip cover portion and the base cover portion overlap at an overlap region configured to receive the wrist structure of the electrosurgical instrument when the end effector is received in the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Justin KROM, Kenneth L. GONG, Richard D. GRESHAM, Scott E. MANZO, Joseph P. ORBAN, III
  • Patent number: 10172687
    Abstract: A cannula for a surgical system may include a magnet located in a position to be sensed by the surgical system in a mounted position of the cannula to the surgical system. At least one of a presence of the magnet and a polarity of the magnet is sensed in the mounted position of the cannula to provide identification information relating to the cannula. Exemplary embodiments further encompass a patient side cart for a teleoperated surgical system, the patient side cart including a base, a main column, and an arm connected to the main column. The arm may include a mount to receive a cannula and a reader to sense a magnet of an identification device in the cannula so as to receive identification information relating to a mounted cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon R. Garbus, Allen Thompson, Justin Krom
  • Patent number: 10039594
    Abstract: A cover for an electrosurgical instrument having a wrist structure and an end effector is provided. The cover includes a hollow elongated structure, which includes a tip cover portion and a base cover portion integrally connected to the tip cover portion. The tip cover portion has a distal end with an opening therethrough sized to receive the end effector of the electrosurgical instrument and is composed of a first, electrically insulative material having a flexibility sufficient to allow the end effector to be manipulated while the end effector is received in the opening. The base cover portion is composed of a second material having a higher tear strength than the first material. The tip cover portion and the base cover portion overlap at an overlap region configured to receive the wrist structure of the electrosurgical instrument when the end effector is received in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Krom, Kenneth L. Gong, Richard D. Gresham, Scott E. Manzo, Joseph P. Orban, III
  • Publication number: 20180132890
    Abstract: A reducer device for insertion into a surgical cannula includes a tubular member having a proximal opening and a distal opening and an electrically conductive component configured and positioned to provide an electrically conductive path from an interior of the tubular member to an exterior of the tubular member. The electrically conductive path is localized along an axial length of the tubular member. A method of configuring a surgical device includes positioning a surgical cannula within an incision of a patient's body wall, positioning a reducer device within the surgical cannula, and positioning a surgical instrument within the reducer device. Positioning the surgical instrument within the reducer device includes forming an electrically conductive pathway between the surgical cannula and the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler MORRISSETTE, Justin KROM, Joseph ORBAN III
  • Publication number: 20180021517
    Abstract: A cannula may include a bowl portion comprising a first opening and a second opening, and an insertion tube extending from the bowl portion. The insertion tube defines a passage extending from the second opening and terminating in a distal end opening. The passage is configured to receive an instrument to be advanced through the cannula. The insertion tube has a transparent portion extending proximally from the distal end opening, and a strengthened portion extending proximally from the transparent portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas S. LANGLEY, Justin KROM, Robert C. REID
  • Publication number: 20170105811
    Abstract: A cannula for a surgical system may include a magnet located in a position to be sensed by the surgical system in a mounted position of the cannula to the surgical system. At least one of a presence of the magnet and a polarity of the magnet is sensed in the mounted position of the cannula to provide identification information relating to the cannula. Exemplary embodiments further encompass a patient side cart for a teleoperated surgical system, the patient side cart including a base, a main column, and an arm connected to the main column. The arm may include a mount to receive a cannula and a reader to sense a magnet of an identification device in the cannula so as to receive identification information relating to a mounted cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon R. GARBUS, Allen THOMPSON, Justin KROM
  • Publication number: 20170095269
    Abstract: Gas-tight seal assemblies for use during minimally invasive surgery include various aspects. A wiper seal includes a sealing portion and a surrounding flex portion. Upper and lower faces of the sealing portions are angled with reference to an inserted instrument, the upper face's angle being more acute with reference to the instrument's shaft than the lower face's angle. The flex portion is corrugated, support ribs are in one or more corrugation grooves, and the support ribs allow the groove to easily collapse but resist the groove widening. The support ribs also prevent the sealing portion from inverting. An instrument insertion guide is positioned over the sealing portion and moves laterally with the sealing portion. A latch piece removably secures the seal assembly to a cannula. An anti-inversion piece prevents the wiper seal from inverting when an instrument is withdrawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C Reid, Justin Krom, Tyler J Morrissette, Joseph P Orban, William A Burbank, David DeTroy
  • Publication number: 20150359587
    Abstract: A cover for an electrosurgical instrument having a wrist structure and an end effector is provided. The cover includes a hollow elongated structure, which includes a tip cover portion and a base cover portion integrally connected to the tip cover portion. The tip cover portion has a distal end with an opening therethrough sized to receive the end effector of the electrosurgical instrument and is composed of a first, electrically insulative material having a flexibility sufficient to allow the end effector to be manipulated while the end effector is received in the opening. The base cover portion is composed of a second material having a higher tear strength than the first material. The tip cover portion and the base cover portion overlap at an overlap region configured to receive the wrist structure of the electrosurgical instrument when the end effector is received in the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Krom, Kenneth L. Gong, Richard D. Gresham, Scott E. Manzo, Joseph P. Orban, III
  • Patent number: 9138284
    Abstract: A cover for an electrosurgical instrument having a wrist structure and an end effector is provided. The cover includes a hollow elongated structure, which includes a tip cover portion and a base cover portion integrally connected to the tip cover portion. The tip cover portion has a distal end with an opening therethrough sized to receive the end effector of the electrosurgical instrument and is composed of a first, electrically insulative material having a flexibility sufficient to allow the end effector to be manipulated while the end effector is received in the opening. The base cover portion is composed of a second material having a higher tear strength than the first material. The tip cover portion and the base cover portion overlap at an overlap region configured to receive the wrist structure of the electrosurgical instrument when the end effector is received in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Krom, Kenneth L. Gong, Richard D. Gresham, Scott E. Manzo, Joseph P. Orban, III
  • Publication number: 20120010611
    Abstract: A cover for an electrosurgical instrument having a wrist structure and an end effector is provided. The cover includes a hollow elongated structure, which includes a tip cover portion and a base cover portion integrally connected to the tip cover portion. The tip cover portion has a distal end with an opening therethrough sized to receive the end effector of the electrosurgical instrument and is composed of a first, electrically insulative material having a flexibility sufficient to allow the end effector to be manipulated while the end effector is received in the opening. The base cover portion is composed of a second material having a higher tear strength than the first material. The tip cover portion and the base cover portion overlap at an overlap region configured to receive the wrist structure of the electrosurgical instrument when the end effector is received in the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Krom, Kenneth L. Gong, Richard D. Gresham, Scott E. Manzo, Joseph P. Orban, III
  • Patent number: 7824401
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use with a robotic surgical system is described. The instrument includes an elongate shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. An electrically live wrist member is disposed at the distal end of the shaft. An electrocautery end effector is mounted to the wrist member. An interface is disposed at the proximal end of the shaft. The interface is removably connectable to the robotic surgical system. A conductor extends from the interface to the end effector so as to deliver electrical energy to tissue engaged by the end effector. A tip cover is disposed over the wrist member so that electrical current can only be conducted to tissues through the exposed end effector (e.g., to promote blood coagulation during usage) and not to other parts of the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E Manzo, Justin Krom
  • Publication number: 20060079884
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use with a robotic surgical system is described. The instrument includes an elongate shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. An electrically live wrist member is disposed at the distal end of the shaft. An electrocautery end effector is mounted to the wrist member. An interface is disposed at the proximal end of the shaft. The interface is removably connectable to the robotic surgical system. A conductor extends from the interface to the end effector so as to deliver electrical energy to tissue engaged by the end effector. A tip cover is disposed over the wrist member so that electrical current can only be conducted to tissues through the exposed end effector (e.g., to promote blood coagulation during usage) and not to other parts of the patient's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 13, 2006
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical INC.
    Inventors: Scott Manzo, Justin Krom