Patents by Inventor Sarah Worthington

Sarah Worthington 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: 11179151
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a touchscreen display is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory G. Scott, Sarah A. Worthington, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20210307865
    Abstract: A method for generating and updating a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site based on imaging data from an imaging system is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of generating a first image of the surgical site based on structured electromagnetic radiation emitted from the imaging system, receiving a second image of the surgical site, aligning the first image and the second image, generating a three-dimensional representation of the surgical site based on the first image and the second image as aligned, displaying the three-dimensional representation on a display screen, receiving a user selection to manipulate the three-dimensional representation, and updating the three-dimensional representation as displayed on the display screen from a first state to a second state according to the received user selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Andrew C. Deck, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Daniel J. Mumaw, Kevin M. Fiebig, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210307868
    Abstract: A method for generating and updating a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site based on imaging data from an imaging system is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of generating a first image of the surgical site based on structured electromagnetic radiation emitted from the imaging system, receiving a second image of the surgical site, aligning the first image and the second image, generating a three-dimensional representation of the surgical site based on the first image and the second image as aligned, displaying the three-dimensional representation on a display screen, receiving a user selection to manipulate the three-dimensional representation, and updating the three-dimensional representation as displayed on the display screen from a first state to a second state according to the received user selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Andrew C. Deck, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Daniel J. Mumaw, Kevin M. Fiebig, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210307866
    Abstract: A method for generating and updating a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site based on imaging data from an imaging system is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of generating a first image of the surgical site based on structured electromagnetic radiation emitted from the imaging system, receiving a second image of the surgical site, aligning the first image and the second image, generating a three-dimensional representation of the surgical site based on the first image and the second image as aligned, displaying the three-dimensional representation on a display screen, receiving a user selection to manipulate the three-dimensional representation, and updating the three-dimensional representation as displayed on the display screen from a first state to a second state according to the received user selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Andrew C. Deck, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Daniel J. Mumaw, Kevin M. Fiebig, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210307867
    Abstract: A method for generating and updating a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site based on imaging data from an imaging system is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of generating a first image of the surgical site based on structured electromagnetic radiation emitted from the imaging system, receiving a second image of the surgical site, aligning the first image and the second image, generating a three-dimensional representation of the surgical site based on the first image and the second image as aligned, displaying the three-dimensional representation on a display screen, receiving a user selection to manipulate the three-dimensional representation, and updating the three-dimensional representation as displayed on the display screen from a first state to a second state according to the received user selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Andrew C. Deck, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Daniel J. Mumaw, Kevin M. Fiebig, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Patent number: 11116532
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. A clamp arm actuator connects to the clamp arm and moves from an opened configuration to a closed configuration to direct the clamp arm from the opened position toward the intermediate position and the closed position. A spacer connects with the clamp arm to inhibit movement of the clamp arm from the intermediate position toward the closed position for maintaining the predetermined gap between the clamp arm and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Joseph Dennis, Geni M. Giannotti, Bryce L. Heitman, Timothy S. Holland, Joseph E. Hollo, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Matthew C. Miller, David A. Monroe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Matthew S. Schneider, Richard C. Smith, Shawn C. Snyder, Sarah A. Worthington, Monica L. Zeckel, Fajian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20210244407
    Abstract: Methods of controlling velocity of a firing member in a robotic surgical system are disclosed. One method detects an end effector condition during closure, sets a command velocity of a displacement member based on the closure condition, fires the displacement member at the set command velocity, detects an end effector condition during a firing phase, and sets a command velocity based on the firing condition. Another method receives closure force of a closure member, compares the actual closure force to a threshold, determines a set point velocity based on the comparison, and controls the actual velocity of the closure member based on the set point velocity. Another method receives actual closure force of a closure member, receives actual position of a firing member, and sets a new closure force based on the actual closure force applied to the closure member and the actual position of the firing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates, Gregory J. Bakos, Sarah A. Worthington, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Publication number: 20210196349
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument comprising a housing, a shaft extending from the housing, an end effector extending from the shaft, an articulation joint rotatably connecting the end effector to the shaft, and a wiring circuit is disclosed. The housing comprises a printed control board. The wiring circuit extends from the printed control board through the shaft and into the end effector. The wiring circuit is configured to monitor a function of the end effector and communicate the monitored function to the printed control board. The wiring circuit comprises a proximal rigid portion fixed to the shaft, a distal rigid portion fixed to the end effector, and an intermediate portion extending from the proximal rigid portion to the distal rigid portion. The intermediate portion comprises a resilient portion and a stretchable portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Kevin M. Fiebig, Sarah A. Worthington, Joshua P. Morgan, Nicholas M. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20210196425
    Abstract: A method for generating and updating a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site based on imaging data from an imaging system is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of generating a first image of the surgical site based on structured electromagnetic radiation emitted from the imaging system, receiving a second image of the surgical site, aligning the first image and the second image, generating a three-dimensional representation of the surgical site based on the first image and the second image as aligned, displaying the three-dimensional representation on a display screen, receiving a user selection to manipulate the three-dimensional representation, and updating the three-dimensional representation as displayed on the display screen from a first state to a second state according to the received user selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Andrew C. Deck, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Daniel J. Mumaw, Kevin M. Fiebig, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210196361
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument comprising an end effector including a first jaw, a second jaw, and an electrical circuit is disclosed. The first jaw comprises a first conductive skeleton, a first insulative coating selectively covering portions of the first conductive skeleton, and first-jaw electrodes comprising exposed portions of the first conductive skeleton. The second jaw comprises a second conductive skeleton, a second insulative coating selectively covering portions of the second conductive skeleton, and second-jaw electrodes comprising exposed portions of the second conductive skeleton. The circuit is configured to transmit a bipolar RF energy and a monopolar RF energy to the tissue through the first-jaw electrodes and the second-jaw electrodes. The monopolar RF energy shares a first electrical pathway and a second electrical pathway defined by the electrical circuit for transmission of the bipolar RF energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin M. Fiebig, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210196354
    Abstract: A method for performing an electrosurgical procedure using an electrosurgical instrument including an end effector is disclosed. The method comprises applying a bipolar energy to a target tissue grasped by the end effector in a tissue-feathering segment, applying an energy blend of the bipolar energy and a monopolar energy to the target tissue in a tissue-warming segment and a tissue-sealing segment following the tissue-warming segment, and discontinuing the bipolar energy but continuing to apply the monopolar energy to the target tissue in a tissue-cutting segment following the tissue-sealing segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin M. Fiebig, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Mark S. Zeiner, Sarah A. Worthington, Joshua P. Morgan, Nicholas M. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20210196360
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument comprising an end effector is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw and a second jaw. At least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable to transition the end effector from an open configuration to a closed configuration to grasp tissue therebetween. The second jaw comprises linear portions cooperating to form an angular profile and a treatment surface comprising segments extending along the angular profile. The segments comprise different geometries and different conductivities. The segments are configured to produce variable energy densities along the treatment surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin M. Fiebig, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210196383
    Abstract: A surgical system for use in a surgical procedure is disclosed. The surgical system includes a surgical instrument including an end effector configured to treat tissue at a surgical field during the surgical procedure, a surgical visualization system configured to track the surgical instrument in the surgical field, and a control circuit configured to derive a first data set from the surgical visualization system indicative of a visual aspect of the surgical instrument relative to the surgical field, derive a second data set from the surgical instrument indicative of a functional aspect of the surgical instrument, and correlate the first data set with the second data set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210196270
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a flexible circuit is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Sudhir B. Patel, Jason L. Harris, Sarah A. Worthington, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 11033267
    Abstract: Various systems and methods of controlling a surgical instrument are disclosed. The surgical instrument can include a motor and a control circuit coupled to the motor. The motor can be coupled to a clamping member, which is configured to transition an end effector between an open position and a closed position, cut tissue, and/or eject staples from a staple cartridge in the end effector. The control circuit can be programmed to cause the motor to drive a clamping member at a first rate in a first zone between the first position and the second position and cause the motor to drive the clamping member at a second rate in a second zone between the first position and the second position; wherein the first rate is less than the second rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Sarah A. Worthington, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 11007022
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a robotic surgical system that includes a control circuit configured to detect a condition at an end effector during a closure phase. The control circuit detects a condition at an end effector during a closure phase. The control sets command velocity of a motor coupled to a displacement member coupled to the end effector based on the detected condition at the end effector during the closure phase. The control circuit fires the displacement member at the set command velocity and detects a condition at the end effector during a firing phase. The control circuit sets command velocity of the motor based on the condition detected at the end effector during the firing phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Publication number: 20210137544
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. A clamp arm actuator connects to the clamp arm and moves from an opened configuration to a closed configuration to direct the clamp arm from the opened position toward the intermediate position and the closed position. A spacer connects with the clamp arm to inhibit movement of the clamp arm from the intermediate position toward the closed position for maintaining the predetermined gap between the clamp arm and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Joseph Dennis, Geni M. Giannotti, Bryce L. Heitman, Timothy S. Holland, Joseph E. Hollo, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Matthew C. Miller, David A. Monroe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Matthew S. Schneider, Richard C. Smith, Shawn C. Snyder, Sarah A. Worthington, Monica L. Rivard, Fajian Zhang
  • Patent number: 10980537
    Abstract: A motorized surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a displacement member configured to translate over a plurality of predefined zones. A motor comprising a shaft is coupled to the displacement member. A control circuit is coupled to the motor. A position sensor is coupled to the control circuit to monitor the rotation of the shaft. A timer circuit is coupled to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to receive rotations of the shaft in a current zone defined by a set rotation interval, measure time at a set position of the rotation interval, wherein the measured time is defined as the time taken by the displacement member to traverse the rotation interval based on a predetermined number of shaft rotations, and set a command velocity of the displacement member for a subsequent zone based on the measured time in the current predefined zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Shane R. Adams, David C. Yates, Sarah A. Worthington
  • Patent number: 10932772
    Abstract: Methods of controlling velocity of a firing member in a robotic surgical system are disclosed. One method detects an end effector condition during closure, sets a command velocity of a displacement member based on the closure condition, fires the displacement member at the set command velocity, detects an end effector condition during a firing phase, and sets a command velocity based on the firing condition. Another method receives closure force of a closure member, compares the actual closure force to a threshold, determines a set point velocity based on the comparison, and controls the actual velocity of the closure member based on the set point velocity. Another method receives actual closure force of a closure member, receives actual position of a firing member, and sets a new closure force based on the actual closure force applied to the closure member and the actual position of the firing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates, Gregory J. Bakos, Sarah A. Worthington, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Publication number: 20210052276
    Abstract: A method includes positioning a surgical tool with an end effector adjacent a surgical site, the end effector including a housing having a tapered section that defines an inner surface, first and second arcuate jaw members protruding distally from the housing and defining a channel therebetween, each arcuate jaw member exhibiting a curved profile shaped to receive an arcuate surgical clip, and a feedbar movable within the housing. The method further including urging the arcuate surgical clip against the inner surface, advancing the feedbar within the housing to engage and follow the inner surface and thereby flexing the feedbar downward and into engagement with the arcuate surgical clip, advancing the arcuate surgical clip with the feedbar into interposition between the first and second arcuate jaw members, and collapsing the first and second arcuate jaw members to crimp the arcuate surgical clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Demetrius Harris, Joshua Young, Sarah Worthington, Stephen D. Geresy