Patents by Inventor Scott E. Manzo

Scott E. Manzo 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: 20220218406
    Abstract: Systems and methods of controlled grasping and energy delivery include a computer-assisted device. The computer-assisted device includes an end effector and one or more processors. The end effector includes a first jaw, a second jaw, and a plurality of electrodes for delivering energy. The one or more processors are configured to grasp a material using the first jaw and the second jaw, determine characteristics of the grasp, determine characteristics of the material, and control one or more of the grasp or energy delivery by the plurality of electrodes based on the determined characteristics of the grasp and the determined characteristics of the material. According to some embodiments, the characteristics of the material include one or more of thermal, dielectric, or stiffness of the material. In some embodiments, the characteristics of the grasp include one or more of applied pressure, jaw angle, jaw separation, force, torque, or wrist articulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Adrit LATH, Jason HEMPHILL, Iman KHALAJI, Scott E. MANZO, Duane W. MARION, Mathew NUSSBAUM, Adam ROSS, Jignesh SHAH, Benjamin J. SCHOETTGEN
  • Publication number: 20220202513
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a pair of jaw members comprising a first jaw member comprising a groove along a length portion of the first jaw member, the groove extending from a gripping surface of the first jaw member in a first direction, and a slot along the length portion of the first jaw member and extending from the groove in a second direction, the second direction being different than the first direction. The instrument further comprises a cutting element comprising a first edge engaged with the groove and translatable along the groove; and a retaining feature coupled to the first edge of the cutting element and engaged with the slot, the retaining feature remains engaged with the slot throughout a range of translation of the cutting element. The cutting element is translatable along the groove independently from a movement of the pair of jaw members between open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, Ralph WADENSWEILER, Ben SCHOETTGEN
  • Patent number: 11357566
    Abstract: An electrically energized medical instrument uses one or more drive cables to both actuate mechanical components of a wrist mechanism or an effector and to electrically energize the effector. Electrical isolation can be achieved using an insulating main tube through which drive cables extend from a backend mechanism to the effector, an insulating end cover that leaves only the desired portions of the effector exposed, and one or more seals to prevent electrically conductive liquid from entering the main tube. Component count and cost may be further reduced using a pair of pulleys that are shared by four drive cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank, Richard D. Gresham
  • Patent number: 11291513
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises an end effector coupled to a distal end of a shaft. The end effector comprises a pair of jaw members configured to be moved relative to each other between open and closed positions, and a cutting element configured to cut material gripped between the jaw members. The cutting element is further configured to translate between and along a lengthwise direction of the jaw members. The cutting element and a first jaw member comprise complementary retaining features that cooperate to retain the cutting element in a position held by the first jaw member throughout a range of motion of the jaw members between the open and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, Ralph Wadensweiler, Ben Schoettgen
  • Patent number: 11284954
    Abstract: A method of controlling a surgical instrument comprising an end effector may comprise detecting a first signal indicating that an end effector component of a surgical instrument is positioned between a first position and a second position; and automatically controlling operation of the end effector component when a second signal is not detected within a predetermined delayed response time period after detecting the first signal, wherein the second signal indicates that the end effector component is in one of the first position or the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Durant, Gabriel F. Brisson, Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank
  • Patent number: 11272977
    Abstract: An electrically energized medical instrument uses one or more drive cables to both actuate mechanical components of a wrist mechanism or an effector and to electrically energize the effector. Electrical isolation can be achieved using an insulating main tube through which drive cables extend from a backend mechanism to the effector, an insulating end cover that leaves only the desired portions of the effector exposed, and one or more seals to prevent electrically conductive liquid from entering the main tube. Component count and cost may be further reduced using a pair of pulleys that are shared by four drive cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank, Richard D. Gresham
  • Publication number: 20220022943
    Abstract: An electrically energized medical instrument uses one or more drive cables to both actuate mechanical components of a wrist mechanism or an effector and to electrically energize the effector. Electrical isolation can be achieved using an insulating main tube through which drive cables extend from a backend mechanism to the effector, an insulating end cover that leaves only the desired portions of the effector exposed, and one or more seals to prevent electrically conductive liquid from entering the main tube. Component count and cost may be further reduced using a pair of pulleys that are shared by four drive cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, William A. BURBANK, Richard D. GRESHAM
  • Publication number: 20210137581
    Abstract: An electrosurgical end effector for a surgical tool to perform teleoperated surgical operations. The electrosurgical end effector comprises a first end effector jaw; a second end effector jaw coupled to the first end effector jaw; and a coupling pin configured to rotatingly couple the first end effector jaw to the second end effector jaw so as to cooperatively rotate open and close about an axis of rotation. The electrosurgical end effector further comprises an actuation mechanism coupled to an end of the first end effector jaw to rotate the first end effector jaw about the coupling pin; an otomy feature coupled to the second end effector jaw; and a first electrical conductor to electrically couple the otomy feature to a generator. In one embodiment, the otomy feature is electrically activated by contact with a cam portion of the first end effector jaw, when opened beyond a predetermined jaw angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Robert C. Reid, Adam Ross, II, Michael Orton, Scott E. Manzo, Benjamin J. Schoettgen
  • Patent number: 11000331
    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: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Krom, Kenneth L. Gong, Richard D. Gresham, Scott E. Manzo, Joseph P. Orban, III
  • Patent number: 10835332
    Abstract: A method of operating an end effector of a surgical instrument includes supplying voltage to a motor disposed in a transmission mechanism of a surgical instrument having a shaft and an end effector at a distal end of the shaft; moving a component of the end effector between a first position and a second position via a drive system coupled to the motor; and placing a limit switch in a first state during moving of the end effector component, and in a second state when the end effector component is at one of the first position or the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank
  • Publication number: 20200129226
    Abstract: An electrically energized medical instrument uses one or more drive cables to both actuate mechanical components of a wrist mechanism or an effector and to electrically energize the effector. Electrical isolation can be achieved using an insulating main tube through which drive cables extend from a backend mechanism to the effector, an insulating end cover that leaves only the desired portions of the effector exposed, and one or more seals to prevent electrically conductive liquid from entering the main tube. Component count and cost may be further reduced using a pair of pulleys that are shared by four drive cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, William A. BURBANK, Richard D. GRESHAM
  • Publication number: 20190216561
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises an end effector coupled to a distal end of a shaft. The end effector comprises a pair of jaw members configured to be moved relative to each other between open and closed positions, and a cutting element configured to cut material gripped between the jaw members. The cutting element is further configured to translate between and along a lengthwise direction of the jaw members. The cutting element and a first jaw member comprise complementary retaining features that cooperate to retain the cutting element in a position held by the first jaw member throughout a range of motion of the jaw members between the open and the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, Ralph WADENSWEILER, Ben SCHOETTGEN
  • Publication number: 20190090940
    Abstract: An electrically energized medical instrument uses one or more drive cables to both actuate mechanical components of a wrist mechanism or an effector and to electrically energize the effector. Electrical isolation can be achieved using an insulating main tube through which drive cables extend from a backend mechanism to the effector, an insulating end cover that leaves only the desired portions of the effector exposed, and one or more seals to prevent electrically conductive liquid from entering the main tube. Component count and cost may be further reduced using a pair of pulleys that are shared by four drive cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, William A. BURBANK, Richard D. GRESHAM
  • 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: 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: 20180116708
    Abstract: An electrically energized medical instrument uses one or more drive cables to both actuate mechanical components of a wrist mechanism or an effector and to electrically energize the effector. Electrical isolation can be achieved using an insulating main tube through which drive cables extend from a backend mechanism to the effector, an insulating end cover that leaves only the desired portions of the effector exposed, and one or more seals to prevent electrically conductive liquid from entering the main tube. Component count and cost may be further reduced using a pair of pulleys that are shared by four drive cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, William A. BURBANK, Richard D. GRESHAM
  • Patent number: 9775615
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to devices for approximating body vessels and method for performing the same. In accordance with one aspect of the present disclosure, the device includes an inner member having a first expandable anchor operatively coupled near a distal end thereof, an outer member having a second expandable anchor, and a sleeve disposed about at least a portion of the inner member and the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Russell Heinrich, Scott E. Manzo
  • Patent number: 9775616
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to devices for approximating body vessels and method for performing the same. In accordance with one aspect of the present disclosure, the device includes an inner member having a first expandable anchor operatively coupled near a distal end thereof, an outer member having a second expandable anchor, and a sleeve disposed about at least a portion of the inner member and the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Russell Heinrich, Scott E. Manzo
  • Publication number: 20170181804
    Abstract: A method of operating an end effector of a surgical instrument includes supplying voltage to a motor disposed in a transmission mechanism of a surgical instrument having a shaft and an end effector at a distal end of the shaft; moving a component of the end effector between a first position and a second position via a drive system coupled to the motor; and placing a limit switch in a first state during moving of the end effector component, and in a second state when the end effector component is at one of the first position or the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, William A. BURBANK
  • Patent number: 9615888
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a shaft having proximal and distal ends, an end effector, a transmission mechanism and a limit switch, and a method of operating the end effector is provided. The end effector is disposed at the distal end of the shaft and has an end effector component configured to move between a first position and a second position. The transmission mechanism includes a motor and a drive system coupled with the end effector component to move the end effector component between the first position and the second position. The limit switch is operably coupled to the motor and has a first state corresponding to the end effector component being between the first position and the second position, and a second state corresponding to the end effector component being at one of the first position or the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank