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: 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
  • Patent number: 9526560
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a replaceable electrosurgical end effector cartridge is provided to couple to a mechanical wrist of a surgical instrument for a robotic surgical system. The replaceable electrosurgical end effector cartridge includes two pluggable end effectors and a pair of spring latches. The two end effectors are moveable end effectors having a jaw portion, an off-center portion, and a base portion in one embodiment. The replaceable electrosurgical end effector cartridge may further include a fastener to rotatably couple the end effectors together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, Lisa W. Heaton
  • Publication number: 20160324588
    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: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin DURANT, Gabriel F. BRISSON, Scott E. MANZO, William A. BURBANK
  • Patent number: 9474569
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can include a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and a wrist coupled to the distal end of the shaft and configured to articulate in multiple degrees of freedom. An end effector having jaws may be supported by the wrist. The surgical instrument can further include a first drive element extending from the proximal end of the shaft to the end effector, the first drive element being configured to transmit forces to move the jaws relative to each other between open and closed positions, and a second drive element extending from the proximal end of the shaft to the end effector, the second drive element being configured to transmit forces to translate a component of the end effector in a longitudinal direction relative to the jaws. The component can be configured to translate independently of movement of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, Lawrence Kerver
  • Patent number: 9408668
    Abstract: A medical device may include a surgical instrument and a controller. The surgical instrument may include an end effector component configured to move from a first position to a second position and the controller may be operatively coupled to control movement of the end effector component. The controller may further be configured to command the end effector component to move from the first position toward the second position, and automatically oscillate the end effector component if the controller has not received a signal indicating the end effector has reached a preset location within a predetermined time period after the controller commands the end effector component to move from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Durant, Gabriel F. Brisson, Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank
  • Patent number: 9358031
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a replaceable electrosurgical end effector cartridge is provided to couple to a mechanical wrist of a surgical instrument for a robotic surgical system. The replaceable electrosurgical end effector cartridge includes two end effectors, a fastener to rotatably couple the two end effectors together, and a cam mechanism. At least one of the two end effectors is a moveable end effector having a jaw portion, an off-center portion, and a base portion. The cam mechanism is coupled to the base portion of the at least one moveable end effector to pivot it about the fastener to open and close the jaw portion of the at least one moveable end effector with respect to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott E. Manzo
  • Patent number: 9339343
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method is disclosed in which a lock sensing mode is entered for a robotic surgical instrument. In the lock sensing mode, the degrees of freedom of movement in the robotic surgical instrument are switchably reduced. Further in the lock sensing mode, one or more end effectors of the robotic surgical instrument are switchably clamped together in the robotic surgical instrument. An increased level of torque may also be applied to the end effectors to increase a gripping force applied by the one or more end effectors in response to the reduced degrees of freedom of movement in the robotic surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nitish Swarup, Scott E. Manzo
  • Publication number: 20160051318
    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 5, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank, Richard D. Gresham
  • 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: 9204923
    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: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. Manzo, William A. Burbank, Lisa W. Heaton, Richard D. Gresham
  • 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: 20150250530
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can include a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and a wrist coupled to the distal end of the shaft and configured to articulate in multiple degrees of freedom. An end effector having jaws may be supported by the wrist. The surgical instrument can further include a first drive element extending from the proximal end of the shaft to the end effector, the first drive element being configured to transmit forces to move the jaws relative to each other between open and closed positions, and a second drive element extending from the proximal end of the shaft to the end effector, the second drive element being configured to transmit forces to translate a component of the end effector in a longitudinal direction relative to the jaws. The component can be configured to translate independently of movement of the jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. MANZO, Lawrence KERVER