With Chair, Table, Holder, Or Other Support Patents (Class 600/102)
  • Patent number: 10792819
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a controller. The controller controls, in accordance with a touch on one or plural devices by a user, execution of a cooperative function that uses the one or plural devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kengo Tokuchi
  • Patent number: 10798339
    Abstract: A telepresence apparatus includes a first computer assembly configured to interface with a first memory assembly configured to tangibly store programmed coded instructions. The programmed coded instructions are configured to urge the first computer assembly to compute whether to suspend transmission of an aspect of a telepresence data unit to the second computer assembly via the communication network depending on a match made between a user gesture signal and a predetermined user gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RoboRep Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Robert McMillan, Andrew Hogue
  • Patent number: 10786142
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, such as an ureteroscope. The surgical instrument including an elongated shaft tube with at least two working channels arranged in an interior of the shaft tube. In at least a distal end area of the shaft tube, the at least two working channels, in cross-section, each have a profile edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Gregor Kiedrowski
  • Patent number: 10751136
    Abstract: The various inventions relate to robotic surgical devices, consoles for operating such surgical devices, operating theaters in which the various devices can be used, insertion systems for inserting and using the surgical devices, and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Virtual Incision Corporation
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Dmitry Oleynikov, John Murphy, Sabrina Varanelli, Jeff Shasho, Nathan Wood, Jack Wilson, Eleanora Pea Allen
  • Patent number: 10736494
    Abstract: According to exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, apparatus, device and method can be provided which can provide imaging of biological tissues, e.g., luminal organs in vivo, using optical techniques in an automatic or semiautomatic manner. The exemplary apparatus, device and method can utilize a tethered capsule catheter with a mechanism for manual, semi-automatic or automatic traversing in the luminal organ with a controlled velocity and/or image quality. The exemplary apparatus can include feedback information about tension applied to the catheter during its movement that can be used to adjust velocity and assure patient comfort and safety for example during passing through natural sphincters and/or narrowing of the luminal organs and preventing from breaking of the catheter. The exemplary apparatus can also adjust velocity in order to provide good quality of acquired images, for example to engaged peristalsis and provide contact with the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Michalina Gora, Guillermo J. Tearney, Robert Carruth
  • Patent number: 10709513
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system including a control system that controls the movement of a robotic arm coupled to a tool assembly having an end effector is described. The control system can also assist with controlling either the articulation or rotation of the end effector. Furthermore, the control system can detect and monitor one or more properties (e.g., articulation, rotation, etc.), which can be used by the control system to determine one or more appropriate movement parameters of either the robotic arm (e.g., velocity of movement) or the tool assembly coupled to the robotic arm (e.g., rotational speed of the end effector). The control system can detect any number of characteristics related to the end effector and use such information to control a variety of movement parameters associated with either the robotic arm or the tool assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Mark D. Overmyer
  • Patent number: 10702384
    Abstract: A heart valve anchor apparatus may include a body having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The body may include a first radially expandable portion at the proximal portion of the body, a second radially expandable portion at the distal portion of the body, and a root portion extending from the first radially expandable portion to the second radially expandable portion, the root portion having an outer extent. The first radially expandable portion may be configured to self-expand to an outer extent greater than the outer extent of the root portion when radially unconstrained. The second radially expandable portion may be configured to self-expand to an outer extent greater than the outer extent of the root portion when radially unconstrained. In an unstressed configuration, the body may define a longitudinal centerline that extends away from a plane tangent to the root portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine L. Baldwin, James P. Rohl, James K. Cawthra, Jr., Joseph A. Dearani, Daniel Shuey, Dale Groth
  • Patent number: 10706544
    Abstract: Apparatus for an automatic identification of medically relevant video elements, the apparatus including a data input, configured to receive a data stream of image slices, wherein the data stream of image slices represents a temporal course of a view of image slices defined by a masking strip of video images from a video which has been recorded during a medical surgery on a patient an analysis apparatus configured to analyze the data stream of image slices via an analysis including at least one predefined analysis step for the presence of at least one sought-for feature and to output a result of the presence, and a processing device configured to output a start mark which indicates a correspondence between the presence and a position in the data stream of image slices if the result indicates the presence of the sought-for feature. Also, a corresponding method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Hiltl, Heinz-Werner Stiller, Nader Hassanzadeh, Mélissa Wiemuth, Frank Stock, Lars Mündermann, Bernd Münzer
  • Patent number: 10694933
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus including a controller including circuitry configured to control display on a display area of a medical image, control display on the display area of a superimposed image corresponding to the medical image such that the superimposed image is displayed overlapped on the medical image, detect a position of an important element within the medical image, and determine a position of the superimposed image within the display area, based on the detected position of the important element, such that the superimposed image does not overlap on the important element within the medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenta Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10695136
    Abstract: Collisions between a minimally invasive surgical instrument and patient tissue are prevented in various ways. A real time image of a surgical site is mosaiced over a previously recorded more distal image of the site. Surgical instruments are visible in the real time image, and representations of the surgical instruments as they would appear in the previously recorded image are generated and displayed on the previously recorded image. Consequently, a person moving the surgical instruments sees a representation of the instruments outside the field of view of an imaging system taking the real time images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Q. Larkin
  • Patent number: 10682190
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring control points during reactive motion includes a computer-assisted medical device. The computer-assisted medical device includes one or more articulated arms each having a control point and a control unit coupled to the one or more articulated arms. The one or more articulated arms and corresponding control points are configured to track movement of a surgical table. The control unit monitors a spatial configuration of the one or more control points by determining an expected spatial configuration of the one or more control points during the movement of the surgical table, determining an actual spatial configuration of the one or more control points during the movement of the surgical table, and determining a difference between the expected spatial configuration and the actual spatial configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Griffiths, Brandon D. Itkowitz, Goran A. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10667875
    Abstract: Provided are systems and techniques for providing multiple perspectives during medical procedures. In one aspect, a method includes positioning a plurality of cannulas in a plurality of anatomical quadrants of a patient, inserting first and second surgical tools coupled to corresponding robotic arms into the respective cannulas. The method may include inserting an articulatable camera coupled to another robotic arm into another of the cannulas, where the articulatable camera is capable of showing a first view including the first surgical tool in a first anatomical quadrant and articulating to show a second view including the second surgical tool in a second anatomical quadrant. The method may further involve performing a surgical procedure in at least one of the first anatomical quadrant or the second anatomical quadrant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua F. DeFonzo, Andrew F. O'Rourke, Travis Michael Schuh, Yanan Huang, Jason Tomas Wilson
  • Patent number: 10668869
    Abstract: A camera unit for capturing images of the outer region of a motor vehicle includes a housing in which the camera unit is accommodated, a cover element, and a drive unit for moving the camera unit and for moving the cover element. A pivot element is movably mounted about a first axis of rotation and has a first arm, which is motionally connected to the cover element, and a second arm. A lever element, which is movably mounted about a second axis of rotation, is operatively connected to the cover element. A guide element, which is mounted about a third axis of rotation, includes a first guide arm that is operatively connected to the second arm of the pivot element and a second guide arm which is motionally coupled to the camera unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Barthel
  • Patent number: 10595715
    Abstract: The overtube includes an interlocking member which is configured to be movable forward and backward inside an overtube body—and has an endoscope-coupled part and a treatment tool-coupled part. A side hole that is formed to pass through a side wall of the overtube body in communication with a passage in the overtube body for sending a fluid into a body cavity, and a side wall is configured to be openable and closable by the forward and backward movement of the interlocking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10588766
    Abstract: A steerable intravascular anchor comprises an anchor portion that is steerable to a position and then pinned thereto by an external device protruding through the superficial temporal artery. The pin is steered through the skin into the anchor under, for example, by fluoroscopic guidance. The anchor portion, in one embodiment, may have a figure-eight shape, and that comprises two wires, each wire forming a ring. The rings may be located in the same plane or at an angle with respect to one other. Alternatively, the anchor portion comprises a plurality of wires, each wire forming a ring, each ring being connected to at least one other ring. It will be appreciated that other wire shapes may be used, including loops, triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, and the like, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: RAM MEDICAL INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Mubin I. Syed
  • Patent number: 10582977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method to assist with the operation of an instrument by means of said device, the device and the method using leverage effects in order to calculate the data relative to any point of an instrument axis, instead of using low-accuracy sensors. Other improvements are also described that allow higher-quality usage performance for the operator, which reduces the risk of errors and simplifies the operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), SORBONNE UNIVERSITE, ENDOCONTROL
    Inventors: Guillaume Morel, Lin Dong, Florian Richer, Nicolas Perrin, Clément Vidal, Bérengère Bardou
  • Patent number: 10575910
    Abstract: A system and method of maintaining a tool position and orientation for a computer-assisted medical device include a device with an articulated structure including a plurality of joints and a control unit. The articulated structure is configured to support a tool distal to the joints. The control unit is configured to determine an initial position and orientation of the tool prior to movement of a first joint, determine, while the first joint is moving, a current position and orientation of the tool, determine a difference between the current and the initial position and orientation, and drive at least a second joint based on the difference to maintain a position and orientation of the tool at the initial position and orientation. In some embodiments, the position and orientation of the tool are maintained relative to a reference coordinate frame based on a cause of the moving of the first joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Itkowitz, Nitish Swarup, Paul G. Griffiths, Goran Lynch
  • Patent number: 10568706
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for supporting an elongate shaft on a surgical tool during robotic surgery. For example, a tool holder is provided with an elongate carrier arm configured to couple to a distal end of a surgical robotic arm. The tool holder has a housing that is removably mounted on the carrier arm and that is configured to be positioned adjacent to a tissue surface without extending into tissue. The tool holder thus simulates a trocar. The housing has an opening formed therethrough for receiving an elongate shaft of a surgical tool, and the opening has an inner diameter that is configured to dynamically adjust in size to adapt to and resist movement of elongate shafts of varying diameters inserted therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Katherine J. Schmid, Eric W. Thompson, Cara Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10531930
    Abstract: A robot system comprises a base (2), a robot arm (1) connected to the base, a camera (10), at least one objective lens in the camera (10) being movable with the robot arm (1), and a screen (16). A control unit (15) is configured to detect a change in the distance between an object (21) detected by the camera (10) and the objective lens, and to vary the zoom factor of a zoom function of the camera (10) according to the change in distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Bernd Gombert, Leopold Bock-Krausen
  • Patent number: 10524639
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure may include an endoscope floor stand. In accordance with one embodiment, an endoscope floor stand may include a base and an adjustable body. The body may include at least a first elongated structure having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is connected to the base. The body may also include at least a second elongated structure slideably moveable relative to the first elongated structure to adjust a height of the endoscope floor stand, and the second elongated structure may be suspended above the base. The stand may also include a ball joint, wherein at least a portion of the ball joint is configured to removably couple to an end of the body located opposite the base. The ball joint may also include a holder extending from the ball joint and dimensioned to receive an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HOYA Corporation
    Inventors: Azadeh Khanicheh, Isaac Ostrovsky, Michael Barenboym, Hrishikesh Vishvas Deo
  • Patent number: 10500007
    Abstract: A method of controlling an end effector of a robotically-controlled surgical instrument may include receiving a first input signal indicative of a high grip level input at a master grip input mechanism that controls a slave gripping force of the end effector; receiving a second input signal indicative of a user's readiness to operate the surgical instrument to perform a first surgical procedure; and outputting a locking signal in response to receiving the first input signal and the second input signal together to lock one or more degrees of freedom of the surgical instrument during the first surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory F. Richmond, Gary S. Guthart
  • Patent number: 10485678
    Abstract: A system for performing spinal surgery includes an assembly of one or more manipulation instruments for manipulating and positionally adjusting one or more implants within a spinal disc space. The assembly has a one or more of grasping and manipulating features with actuators and includes a shim instrument that has a body with at a wedge shaped spacer shim at its distal end and in an inverted orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Javier Garcia-Bengochea
  • Patent number: 10456202
    Abstract: A device to direct an endoscope to follow a surgical instrument during laparoscopic surgery, comprising an automated assistant mechanically interconnected to the endoscope, and at least one wireless transmitter with at least one operating key, where the wireless transmitter is in communication with a wireless receiver. The wireless receiver is in communication with the wireless receiver and with the automated assistant. The automated assistant can load surgical instrument spatial locating software and automated assistant maneuvering software and can provide a visual onscreen depiction of the field of view, including any surgical instruments therein. Depression of an operating key selects an instrument, which is then automatically followed by the endoscope. The operating key can be attached to an instrument or can be freestanding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TransEnterix Europe S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Mordehai Sholev, Gal Atarot, Motti Frimer
  • Patent number: 10456015
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscopic surgical device and an overtube with which a surgeon can easily obtain a desired image and operability is high. The overtube includes a slider inside the overtube body that guides an endoscope and a treatment tool into a body cavity, the first valve member provided in the endoscope insertion passage, and the second valve member provided in the treatment tool insertion passage. F1>F3 and F2>F3 are satisfied when a fixing force for fixing the slider to the endoscope is defined as F1, a fixing force for fixing the slider to the treatment tool is defined as F2, and a frictional force that receives from the first valve member when the endoscope moves forward and backward is defined as F3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Dejima, Shinichi Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 10443107
    Abstract: A tissue modification apparatus includes at least a first plurality of grippers aligned in a plane adapted to secure a first edge of a patch of tissue. The plurality of grippers are each secured to a first force actuator. The first plurality of grippers are each adapted to pivot relative to the first force actuator about an axis perpendicular to the plane. In some cases, a plurality of grippers are attached to a force actuator by a passive force transfer mechanism. In some cases, individual force actuators are attached by pivoted connections to individual grippers. Methods of treating tissue can secure tensioned tissue to a frame to retain the tension during a treatment (e.g., cross-linking the tissue with a chemical cross-linker).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Crystal Marie Anderson-Cunanan, Daniel J. Foster, Ray McCarthy, Mary M. Byron, David Robert Wulfman, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Patent number: 10426571
    Abstract: A holding arm for medical purposes, in particular for holding surgical mechatronic assistance systems and/or surgical instruments, includes a proximal end for attaching the holding arm to a base and a distal end for receiving a surgical mechatronic assistance system and/or surgical instrument; at least one first and one second arm segment, wherein the first arm segment is connected to a first joint and the second arm segment is connected to a second joint, wherein each joint is releasable and lockable. An operating unit is provided for bringing the holding arm into a desired pose, wherein the operating unit is adapted to release the associated joint upon contact between an operator and one of the first and second arm segments. A corresponding method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Medineering GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Krinninger, Stephan Nowatschin
  • Patent number: 10390924
    Abstract: A method of repairing a pelvic floor disorder and a system for carrying out the method are provided. The method is effected by positioning an imaging device in an abdominal, rectal, perianal or vaginal cavity, advancing a surgical instrument through a vaginal wall under guidance of the imaging device to thereby reach a target tissue and using the surgical instrument to attach the tissue repair device to the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: POP MEDICAL SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventor: Boaz Harari
  • Patent number: 10383765
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for establishing a global coordinate system to facilitate robotic assisted surgery. The coordinate system may be established using a combination of the robotic data, i.e., kinematics, and optical coherence tomographic images generated by an overhead optical assembly and a tool-based sensor. Using these components, the system may generate a computer-registered three-dimensional model of the patient's eye. In some embodiments, the system may also generate a virtual boundary within the coordinate system to prevent inadvertent injury to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, Jian Zhang, Gregory Kintz
  • Patent number: 10368947
    Abstract: Devices and methods for performing a surgical step or surgical procedure with visual guidance using an optical head mounted display are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Philipp K. Lang
  • Patent number: 10327807
    Abstract: An access system is provided for establishing an access path to a surgical site within a patient. The access system comprises an access portal defining a working channel with a central axis, and an adaptor with a mating section mountable to the access portal. The adaptor is selectively rotatable about the central axis. The access portal includes a plurality of openings and the adaptor includes a plurality of projections, each of the projections and openings being arranged so that, in a first orientation, the openings and projections align to allow mounting of the adaptor to the access portal and, in a second orientation, the openings and projections do not align to prevent disassociation between the adaptor and the access portal. The adaptor also includes a holder for a viewing device, the viewing device being movable with the adaptor about the access portal and vertically translatable relative to the access portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Erika Corbin, Lori Dombrowski, David Talijan, Felix Eugenio Plaud Pagan
  • Patent number: 10314659
    Abstract: An electromechanical surgical device includes a motor system configured to drive drive-shafts and a steering cable arrangement. A control system may be provided for controlling the motor system. A remote control unit may also be provided for controlling the motor system via the control system. Optical or Hall-effect devices, may be provided for determining the position of the elements of the surgical instrument based on the detected rotation of the drive-shafts. A memory unit stores a plurality of operating programs or algorithms, each corresponding to a type of surgical instrument attachable to the electro-mechanical surgical device. The control system reads or selects from the plurality of operating programs or algorithms, the operating program or algorithm corresponding to the type of surgical instrument attached to the electromechanical surgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, John Burbank, David A. Zeichner
  • Patent number: 10307064
    Abstract: A method for locating at least one target, in an electromagnetically absorbent environment, includes: emitting at least one electromagnetic excitation signal from a source; receiving, by an acoustic sensor, an acoustic signal from emission of the excitation signal; detecting, in the received acoustic signal, a first time of receipt of a first response to the excitation signal from an acoustic disturbance caused by electromagnetic heterogeneity of the target in the environment; estimating a first distance between the target and the acoustic sensor using the first time of receipt; detecting, in the same received acoustic signal, a second time of receipt of a second response to the excitation signal from an acoustic disturbance caused by acoustic heterogeneity of the target in the environment; estimating a second distance between the source and target using the second time of receipt; obtaining a location of the target from the first and second estimated distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Ecole Centrale de Marseille, Universite d'Aix Marseille
    Inventors: Anabela Da Silva, Serge Mensah
  • Patent number: 10299838
    Abstract: A method of providing access to an intervertebral disc has been developed that involves using the patient's bony pedicle as an anchoring spot for a pedicle screw that temporarily attaches to the access port. One key element of the method is an assembly comprising: a) a screw extension comprising a shaft having a distal end portion comprising a receiver adapted for receiving a screw and a proximal end portion comprising a pivoting feature, b) a port comprising: i) a tubular wall defining a central passageway, ii) a longitudinal slot in the wall defining opposed ends of the wall, iii) opposed flanges extending radially from each end of the wall, and iv) a mating feature disposed in each opposed flanges adapted to pivotally mate with the pivoting feature of the screw extension, wherein the mating feature of the tube pivotally mates with the pivoting feature of the screw extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Eric Biester, Ralph Solitario
  • Patent number: 10265057
    Abstract: Control of the endoscope in a surgical system is described. In some embodiments, the endoscope can be controlled by movement of the surgeon's head or face at a surgeon's console. In some embodiments, the endoscope can be controlled using sensors integrated with a surgeon's headrest mounted on the surgeon's console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter M. Herzlinger, Govinda Payyavula, Brian E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10251716
    Abstract: Robotic surgical systems are provided for control of an end effector in response to actuation of a user interface device based upon different control states. In each control state, selected movement directions of the user interface device are either coupled to or decoupled from corresponding movements directions of the end effector. Decoupled movement directions can be recoupled by positioning the user interface device within a range of where the user interface device and the end effector were decoupled. To assist with such recoupling, a graphical image estimating a position of the end effector that would be achieved, based upon a current position of the user interface device, if the decoupled movement direction was recoupled can be overlaid upon a current position of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Mark D. Overmyer
  • Patent number: 10219868
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for controlling movement of a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a plurality of surgical instruments are simultaneously usable during performance of a surgical procedure. One or more of the plurality of instruments is coupled to a robotic surgical system that is configured to control movement of the one or more of the plurality of instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Weir
  • Patent number: 10182791
    Abstract: A multimodality imaging system including ultrasound, optical coherence tomography (OCT), photoacoustic (PA) imaging, florescence imaging and endoscopic catheter for imaging inside the gastrointestinal tract with real-time automatic image co-registration capability, including: an ultrasound subsystem for imaging; an optical coherence tomography (OCT) subsystem for imaging, a PA microscopy or tomography subsystem for imaging and a florescence imaging subsystem for imaging. An invasive interventional imaging device is included with an instrumentality to take a tissue biopsy from a location visible on the ultrasound subsystem for imaging, on the optical coherence tomography (OCT) subsystem for imaging, photoacoustic (PA) subsystem for imaging and florescence subsystem for imaging. The instrumentality takes a tissue biopsy from a visible location simultaneously with the visualization of the tissue about to be biopsied so that the tissue biopsy location is visualized before, during and after the biopsy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of California, University of Southern California
    Inventors: Qifa Zhou, Xiang Li, Jacques Van Dam, K. Kirk Shung, Thomas Cummins, Zhongping Chen, Jiawen Li, Teng Ma
  • Patent number: 10172514
    Abstract: A cannula system and method for accessing a blood mass in the brain. The system comprises a cannula with a camera mounted on the proximal end of the cannula with a view into the cannula lumen and the surgical field below the lumen. A prism, reflector or other suitable optical element is oriented between the camera and the lumen of the cannula to afford the camera a view into the cannula while minimizing obstruction of the lumen. The system may also include an obturator with a small diameter shaft and a large diameter tip which is optically transmissive, so that a surgeon inserting or manipulating the assembly can easily see that the obturator tip is near brain tissue (which is white) or blood (which is red).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson, Todd McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10165933
    Abstract: The overtube includes a slider within an overtube body, which guides an endoscope and a treatment tool into a body cavity. An endoscope-coupled part and a treatment tool-coupled part are provided in the slider, and the slider has a dead zone where the forward and backward movement of either the endoscope or the treatment tool does not interlock with the movement of the other and a sensing zone where the forward and backward movement of either the endoscope or the treatment tool interlocks with the movement of the other. A side hole for sending a fluid into a body cavity is formed in a side wall of the overtube body, and a side wall is configured to be openable and closable by the forward and backward movement of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10154886
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for controlling movement of a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a plurality of surgical instruments can be simultaneously in use during performance of a surgical procedure. One or more of the plurality of instruments can be coupled to a robotic surgical system, which can be configured to control movement of the one or more of the plurality of instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Weir
  • Patent number: 10139607
    Abstract: A lightweight 3D stereoscopic surgical microscope has a body, a robot set, an image set, and an operating set. The body has a wheel seat, a housing mounted on the wheel seat, and a host computer mounted in the housing. The robot set is connected to the body and has a base mounted on the housing, a transversal lever mounted on the base, a lifting arm connected to the transversal lever, and a rotating arm connected to the lifting arm. The image set is connected to the robot set and has an outer casing connected to the rotating arm, at least one objective lens mounted in the outer casing, a main display screen mounted on the outer casing, an auxiliary display screen mounted beside the body. The operating set is connected to the robot set, is connected to the body and the image set and has two operating bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Visionnaire Medtech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chou Ku, Kai-Che Liu, Kun-Wei Lin, Ivan Ku, Shih-Chi Chan, Tong-Wen Wang, Tsuan-Kao Lin, I-Chun Lee
  • Patent number: 10130429
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for controlling movement of a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a plurality of surgical instruments are simultaneously usable during performance of a surgical procedure. One or more of the plurality of instruments is coupled to a robotic surgical system, that is configured to control movement of the one or more of the plurality of instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Weir
  • Patent number: 10130243
    Abstract: The image-based feedback endoscopy system includes a steering apparatus having a base platform, a pair of servomotors, a rigid tube, and a biasing member. A flexion member has a tether member and a ball screw, the tether member being in communication with the biasing member. The image-based feedback endoscopy system further includes an endoscope having a tip. The endoscope is positioned through the concentric spring such that the tip extends from the biasing member. The endoscope is in communication with the flexion member such that the endoscope is selectively movable by the pair of servomotors selectively controlling the flexion member. The endoscope includes a piezo actuator, a scanning fiber, a lens assembly, and collection fibers. The image-based feedback endoscopy system also includes an image based feedback algorithm, which selectively controls the operation of the pair of servo motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Qatar University Al Tarfa
    Inventors: Woon Jong Yoon, Eric J. Seibel, Matthew R. Burkhardt, Timothy D. Soper
  • Patent number: 10111711
    Abstract: The embodiments relate to various medical device components, including components that are incorporated into robotic and/or in vivo medical devices. Certain embodiments include various modular medical devices for in vivo medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Tyler Wortman, Kyle Strabala, Ryan McCormick, Amy Lehman, Dmitry Oleynikov
  • Patent number: 10105042
    Abstract: A cannula system and method for accessing a blood mass in the brain. The system comprises a cannula with a camera mounted on the proximal end of the cannula with a view into the cannula lumen and the surgical field below the lumen. A prism, reflector or other suitable optical element is oriented between the camera and the lumen of the cannula to afford the camera a view into the cannula while minimizing obstruction of the lumen. The system may also include an obturator with a small diameter shaft and a large diameter tip which is optically transmissive, so that a surgeon inserting or manipulating the assembly can easily see that the obturator tip is near brain tissue (which is white) or blood (which is red).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson, Todd McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10080612
    Abstract: A support mechanism for a medical device may include an adjustable support that includes a plurality of elongate members movable relative to one another. The support mechanism may also include a bracket coupled to the adjustable support. The bracket may be adapted to be coupled to a first medical device that extends along a longitudinal axis. The support mechanism may also include an instrument holder that extends along a central axis. The instrument holder may be movably coupled to the bracket and adapted to be coupled to a second medical device. The bracket and the instrument holder may be oriented such that central axis of the instrument holder intersects the longitudinal axis at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Kappel, Barry Weitzner, Paul Smith, Erin Daly
  • Patent number: 10080820
    Abstract: A tissue modification apparatus includes at least a first plurality of grippers aligned in a plane adapted to secure a first edge of a patch of tissue. The plurality of grippers are each secured to a first force actuator. The first plurality of grippers are each adapted to pivot relative to the first force actuator about an axis perpendicular to the plane. In some cases, a plurality of grippers are attached to a force actuator by a passive force transfer mechanism. In some cases, individual force actuators are attached by pivoted connections to individual grippers. Methods of treating tissue can secure tensioned tissue to a frame to retain the tension during a treatment (e.g., cross-linking the tissue with a chemical cross-linker).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Crystal Marie Anderson-Cunanan, Daniel J. Foster, Ray McCarthy, Mary M. Byron, David Robert Wulfman, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Patent number: 10070775
    Abstract: An endoscopic system according to the invention, in particular for colonoscopy, includes a flexible endoscope with an elongate, flexible shaft, a regulator part, and also an operating part which can be placed on or pushed onto the shaft and which has at least one control element, wherein the endoscopic system furthermore includes a shaft stop, which can be secured on a patient support and which has a locking mechanism, controllable by the at least one control element, for locking the shaft against movement in a longitudinal direction of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Robert Ayrenschmalz, Viktor Josef Wimmer
  • Patent number: 10070801
    Abstract: A system for extending the visual capabilities and working channel of a bronchoscope including a probe having optic and/or tracking capabilities at a distal tip thereof and capable of being advanced through the working channel of a standard bronchoscope. The probe also includes a working channel through which various diagnostic and treatment tools may be advanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Benny Greenburg, Oded Zur, Raphael Meloul
  • Patent number: 10064545
    Abstract: A multi-resolution foveated laparoscope (MRFL) addresses a number of the clinical limitations described in the background section. The MRFL technology can (1) simultaneously obtain both wide-angle- and high-magnification images of a surgical area in real-time in a single, fully integrated scope, (2) yield ultra-high spatial resolution which is over 3 times better than a standard laparoscope (SL) at a close-up working distance, (3) automatically scan and engage the high-magnification imaging probe to any sub-region of the surgical field through region-of-interest (ROI) tracking capabilities, (4) vary the optical magnification of the high-resolution imaging probe without the need of physically advancing or withdrawing the scope, (5) maintain a low-length profile, optimized for operating at a long working distance (WD), providing both superb spatial awareness and high-magnification views simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Hong Hua, Yi Qin, Mike Nguyen