Patents by Inventor Ryan Steger

Ryan Steger 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: 20190151037
    Abstract: A connector system is provided to connect a carriage that includes a rotatable drive member to a surgical instrument that includes a driven member, comprising. a mechanical interface that includes a drive transmission member configured to receive a rotational drive force provided by the drive member at the internal surface region and to provide a corresponding rotational drive force to the driven member at the external surface region; and a support to mount an end portion of an optical fiber to the mechanical interface with a center axis of the first end portion aligned with an axis of rotation of the drive transmission member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventor: John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20190151036
    Abstract: A surgical instrument shaft is provided that includes a hollow tube formed of a base material and including an inner wall surface and an outer wall surface; reinforcing glass material is embedded between the inner surface and outer wall surface; an optical fiber is embedded within the base material between the inner wall surface and the outer wall surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventor: John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20190142536
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is provided that includes an elongated shaft that includes a proximal end and a distal end; a cantilever beam is disposed at the distal end of the shaft; an optical fiber extends within a channel that extends within between proximal and distal portions of the cantilever beam; a first fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is formed in a segment of the optical fiber within the proximal portion of the beam; a second FBG is formed in a segment of the optical fiber within the distal portion of the beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: John Ryan Steger, Grant M. Kadokura, Andrew C. Waterbury, Manuel Ahumada
  • Patent number: 10245069
    Abstract: A surgical port feature may include a funnel portion, a tongue, a waist portion, and surgical instrument channels. The waist portion may be located between the funnel portion and the tongue. The surgical instrument channels may extend from the funnel portion through the waist portion. The surgical port feature may further include a second tongue, with the wait portion being located between the funnel portion, the tongue, and the second tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, Craig R. Gerbi, John Ryan Steger, Charles E. Swinehart
  • Publication number: 20190094084
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is provided that includes an elongated shaft; an end effector located at the distal end of the shaft includes first and second jaws having opposing working faces and a pivot axis; at least one of the first and second jaws is mounted to rotatably pivot about the pivot axis. A fluid filled sac includes a first bladder portion and a second bladder portion and a tube portion extending between the first and second bladder portions; the first bladder portion is located at a working face of the first jaw; a sensor is operatively coupled to the second bladder portion to produce a sensor signal indicative of fluid pressure within the fluid filled sac.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Charles E. Swinehart, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20190069966
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a force sensor apparatus that is immune to noise from arcing cautery without relying on fiber optic strain gauges, and that is autoclabable. The surgical instrument includes a housing, a shaft, the force sensor apparatus, a joint, and an end component. The force sensor apparatus includes at least one strain gauge that is enclosed in a Faraday cage. The Faraday cage includes a sensor capsule that includes one or more strain gauges, a cable shield tube connected to the sensor capsule, and an electronics enclosure connected to the cable shield tube. The sensor capsule is positioned between the joint and the shaft. The cable shield tube extends through the shaft to the electronics enclosure that is within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Alan W. Petersen, Gerard J. Labonville, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20190060017
    Abstract: A shaft for a surgical instrument comprises an outer tube having a proximal end and a distal end, a central lumen extending through the outer tube, and a plurality of stiffening rods positioned around the central lumen. The plurality of stiffening rods may comprise a nonconductive material. The shaft may form part of an electrosurgical instrument. In another embodiment, a surgical instrument may comprise an end effector and a shaft having an outer tube having a proximal end and a distal end, a drive rod, and at least four stiffening rods positioned around the drive rod, each stiffening rod being positioned substantially immediately adjacent to the drive rod. The axial stiffness of the shaft increases incrementally during actuation of the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Peling G. LEE, Theodore W. ROGERS, John Ryan STEGER, Matthew R. WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20190060014
    Abstract: A system for providing on-demand functionality during a medical procedure includes an instrument, an accessory, and a mounting device attached to one or more of the instrument and the accessory. The instrument includes an instrument body and an end effector. The end effector providing a first functionality. The accessory providing a second functionality. The mounting device removably couples the accessory to the instrument to augment the first functionality with the second functionality. In one example, the end effector includes jaws to provide a surgical functionality, and the first accessory includes a camera to provide a complementary monitoring functionality. In another example, the mounting device includes a mechanical mechanism and/or a magnetic mechanism for removably coupling the accessory to the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew J. Hazelton, Kayla Keifer Anderson, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 10130437
    Abstract: A shaft for a surgical instrument comprises an outer tube having a proximal end and a distal end, a central lumen extending through the outer tube, and a plurality of stiffening rods positioned around the central lumen. The plurality of stiffening rods may comprise a nonconductive material. The shaft may form part of an electrosurgical instrument. In another embodiment, a surgical instrument may comprise an end effector and a shaft having an outer tube having a proximal end and a distal end, a drive rod, and at least four stiffening rods positioned around the drive rod, each stiffening rod being positioned substantially immediately adjacent to the drive rod. The axial stiffness of the shaft increases incrementally during actuation of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Peling Lee, Theodore W. Rogers, John Ryan Steger, Matthew R. Williams
  • Publication number: 20180206927
    Abstract: A method may include coupling a proximal end of a first cannula to a first manipulator of a surgical system, the first manipulator being configured to remotely actuate movement of the first cannula, wherein the first cannula comprises a rigid portion disposed between the proximal end and a distal end of the first cannula, the rigid portion having a curved longitudinal axis, and coupling a proximal end of a second cannula to a second manipulator of a surgical system, the second manipulator being configured to remotely actuate movement of the second cannula, wherein the second cannula comprises a rigid portion disposed between the proximal end and a distal end of the second cannula, the rigid portion having a curved longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Maria PRISCO, Craig R. GERBI, Theodore W. ROGERS, John Ryan STEGER
  • Publication number: 20180143689
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating haptic surface texture with a deformable surface layer are disclosed. The haptic device includes a flexible surface layer, a haptic substrate, and a deforming mechanism. The flexible surface layer is made of elastic materials and is capable of reconfiguring its surface characteristics. The haptic substrate, in one embodiment, provides a first pattern in response to a first activating signal. Alternatively, the haptic substrate is capable of providing a second pattern in accordance with a second activating signal. The deforming mechanism is configured to change the flexible surface from a first surface characteristic to a second surface characteristic in accordance with the first pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Ryan Steger, Robert A. Lacroix, Muge Bakircioglu
  • Publication number: 20180132957
    Abstract: A system includes a medical instrument that includes a termination fixture, an actuated element, and drive members coupled to the actuated element and extending to the termination fixture. The termination fixture provides an interface that exposes portions of the drive member to direct movement by an external system that may include a manipulator and a sterile barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 9931173
    Abstract: A method may include coupling a proximal end of a first cannula to a first manipulator of a surgical system, the first manipulator being configured to remotely actuate movement of the first cannula, wherein the first cannula comprises a rigid portion disposed between the proximal end and a distal end of the first cannula, the rigid portion having a curved longitudinal axis, and coupling a proximal end of a second cannula to a second manipulator of a surgical system, the second manipulator being configured to remotely actuate movement of the second cannula, wherein the second cannula comprises a rigid portion disposed between the proximal end and a distal end of the second cannula, the rigid portion having a curved longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Maria Prisco, Craig R. Gerbi, Theodore W. Rogers, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 9883915
    Abstract: A system includes a medical instrument that includes a termination fixture, an actuated element, and drive members coupled to the actuated element and extending to the termination fixture. The termination fixture provides an interface that exposes portions of the drive member to direct movement by an external system that may include a manipulator and a sterile barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 9827057
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a camera having an image frame whose position and orientation relative to a fixed frame is determinable through one or more image frame transforms, a tool disposed within a field of view of the camera and having a tool frame whose position and orientation relative to the fixed frame is determinable through one or more tool frame transforms, and at least one processor programmed to identify pose indicating points of the tool from one or more camera captured images, determine an estimated transform for an unknown one of the image and tool frame transforms using the identified pose indicating points and known ones of the image and tool frame transforms, update a master-to-tool transform using the estimated and known ones of the image and tool frame transforms, and command movement of the tool in response to movement of a master using the updated master-to-tool transform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhao, Giuseppe Maria Prisco, John Ryan Steger, David Q. Larkin
  • Patent number: 9829977
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating haptic surface texture with a deformable surface layer are disclosed. The haptic device includes a flexible surface layer, a haptic substrate, and a deforming mechanism. The flexible surface layer is made of elastic materials and is capable of reconfiguring its surface characteristics. The haptic substrate, in one embodiment, provides a first pattern in response to a first activating signal. Alternatively, the haptic substrate is capable of providing a second pattern in accordance with a second activating signal. The deforming mechanism is configured to change the flexible surface from a first surface characteristic to a second surface characteristic in accordance with the first pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Ryan Steger, Robert A. Lacroix, Muge Bakircioglu
  • Patent number: 9814527
    Abstract: A cannula mounting fixture may include a base, a first arm with a first cannula mounting bracket and a second arm with a second cannula mounting bracket. The first arm may be coupled to the base so that a first cannula mounted at the first mounting bracket is positioned within an opening in a patient's body. The second arm may be coupled to the base and includes a joint that allows a second cannula mounted at the second mounting bracket to be inserted through the opening. A cannula stabilizing fixture may include a base and a repositionable arm. The base may be configured to be securely and removably coupled to a first cannula that extends into an opening in a patient's body. The repositionable arm may include a first cannula holder coupled to the base and is configured to support a second cannula that extends into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, John Ryan Steger, Charles E. Swinehart
  • Publication number: 20170315618
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of actuator mechanisms for a multi-touch tactile touch panel are disclosed. The tactile touch panel includes an electrical insulated layer and a tactile layer. The top surface of the electrical insulated layer is capable of receiving an input from a user. The tactile layer includes a grid or an array of haptic cells. The top surface of the haptic layer is situated adjacent to the bottom surface of the electrical insulated layer, while the bottom surface of the haptic layer is situated adjacent to a display. Each haptic cell further includes at least one piezoelectric material, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (“MEMS”) element, thermal fluid pocket, MEMS pump, resonant device, variable porosity membrane, laminar flow modulation, or the like. Each haptic cell is configured to provide a haptic effect independent of other haptic cells in the tactile layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher J. ULLRICH, Ryan STEGER, Daniel H. GOMEZ
  • Publication number: 20170265890
    Abstract: A cannula is provided that includes a head portion that defines a proximal opening sized to receive one or more surgical instruments; an elongated inner tube rigidly fastened to the head portion defines an elongated conduit; a surgical instrument can be inserted within the conduit; an elongated overtube rigidly fastened to the head portion is coaxially aligned with the inner tube and extends about a portion of the inner tube; an inner wall of the overtube is spaced apart from an outer wall of the inner tube; sensors are disposed on the overtube to provide an indication of forces applied to the outer wall of the overtube in a direction generally transverse to the longitudinal dimension of the overtube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Brett Page, Lawton N. Verner, John Ryan Steger, Smita De
  • Patent number: 9715280
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of actuator mechanisms for a multi-touch tactile touch panel are disclosed. The tactile touch panel includes an electrical insulated layer and a tactile layer. The top surface of the electrical insulated layer is capable of receiving an input from a user. The tactile layer includes a grid or an array of haptic cells. The top surface of the haptic layer is situated adjacent to the bottom surface of the electrical insulated layer, while the bottom surface of the haptic layer is situated adjacent to a display. Each haptic cell further includes at least one piezoelectric material, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (“MEMS”) element, thermal fluid pocket, MEMS pump, resonant device, variable porosity membrane, laminar flow modulation, or the like. Each haptic cell is configured to provide a haptic effect independent of other haptic cells in the tactile layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Ryan Steger, Daniel H. Gomez