Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Sunnyvale, CA, United States

Intuitive Surgical Inc. is an American corporation that manufactures robotic surgical systems, most notably the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgery to be performed using robotic manipulators. The company is part of the NASDAQ-100 and S&P 500. Intuitive Surgical has installed over 1,242 systems worldwide as of July, 2009. Computer Motion was a competitor that merged with Intuitive Surgical in 2003. Wikipedia.


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A medical robotic system includes an entry guide (200) with surgical tools (231, 241) and a camera (211) extending out of its distal end. To supplement the view provided by an image captured by the camera, an auxiliary view including articulable arms of the surgical tools and/or camera is generated from sensed or otherwise determined information about their positions and orientations and displayed on a display screen (140) from the perspective of a specified viewing point. Intuitive control is provided to an operator with respect to the auxiliary view while the operator controls the positioning and orienting of the camera.


Patent
Intuitive Surgical | Date: 2017-01-04

A surgical accessory clamp, method of use, and a robotic surgical system including the clamp are disclosed. A surgical accessory may be attached and removed from a manipulator arm during a surgical procedure without requiring the use of an intermediate sterile accessory clamp, thus removing the need for a detachable accessory mount or adaptor that needs cleaning and sterilization and allowing for greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The present invention further allows for easy removal and attachment of instruments, tools, or accessories to the robotic surgical system without breach of sterility.


To assist a surgeon performing a medical procedure, auxiliary images generally indicating internal details of an anatomic structure being treated are displayed and manipulated by the surgeon on a computer display screen to supplement primary images generally of an external view of the anatomic structure. A master input device controlling a robotic arm in a first mode may be switched by the surgeon to a second mode in order to function instead as a mouse-like pointing device to facilitate the surgeon performing such auxiliary information display and manipulation.


A system is provided that includes a Q3D endoscope disposed to image a field of view and a processor that produces a Q3D model of a scene and identifies target instruments and structures. The processor is configured to display the scene from a virtual field of view of an instrument, to determine a no fly zone around targets, to determine a predicted path for said instruments or to provide 3D tracking of said instruments.


Patent
Intuitive Surgical | Date: 2017-01-25

A system and method of aligning with a reference target includes a computer-assisted medical device. The computer-assisted medical device includes an orientation platform, one or more first joints proximal to the orientation platform, one or more second joints distal to the orientation platform, one or more links distal to the orientation platform, a reference instrument coupled to the orientation platform by the second joints and the links; and a control unit coupled to the first joints and the second joints. The control unit determines a pose of the reference instrument. The pose includes a reference point and a reference orientation. The control unit further positions the orientation platform over the reference point using the first joints, rotates the orientation platform to align the orientation platform with the reference orientation using the first joints, and maintains the pose of the reference instrument using the second joints.


Patent
Intuitive Surgical | Date: 2017-02-01

A method is provided to align a quantitative three-dimensional (Q3D) model of a three dimensional (3D) structure with a 3D visual representation of a sub-surface target object internal to the anatomical structure, the method comprising: identifying fiducial points within the external surface of the 3D structure represented in the 3D visual representation; identifying the same fiducial points within the Q3D model; aligning the identified fiducial points in the 3D visual representation with the identified fiducial points in the Q3D model; and producing a visual image representation of the 3D structure that includes a view of an external surface and a view of the internal sub-surface target structure.


A teleoperational medical system for performing a medical procedure in a surgical field includes a teleoperational assembly having a plurality of motorized surgical arms configured to assist in a surgical procedure. The motorized surgical arms have a motion limit defining a boundary beyond which the surgical arm cannot pass when the surgical arm is attached to a patient. The teleoperational medical system also includes a control system having a surgical threshold limit stored therein. The surgical threshold limit is an edge of a boundary to be potentially travelled by the surgical arm to suitably perform a surgical procedure. The control system is configured to compare the motion limit to the surgical threshold limit and notify an operator via an output device when the threshold limit is outside a range of motion bounded by the motion limit.


A telesurgery system having a surgical assembly with a motor and a surgical instrument. The surgical assembly has at least one drive mechanism driven by the motor. A sensor assembly is coupled to non-volatile memory, and is for recording position of the at least one rotatable mechanism to the non-volatile memory. A controller is communicatively coupled to the sensor assembly. The controller a processor configured to execute a method. In the method, rotational position of the a drive mechanism is recorded to the non-volatile memory during use of the surgical assembly. A mid-procedure shut-down of the surgical assembly is then initiated. A request is then received to initiate a mid-procedure restart of the surgical assembly. It is then determined whether a post-shutdown position of the drive mechanism is within an accepted tolerance with respect to a pre-shutdown position to allow the mid-procedure restart to complete.


A medical robotic system includes articulated instruments extending out of a distal end of an entry guide. Prior to pivoting the entry guide to re-orient it and the instruments, the instruments are moved in tandem back towards the entry guide after a delay. Haptic cues and velocity limits are provided to assist the operator in the retraction of the instruments. After retraction, the entry guide may then be pivoted without concern that the instruments will harm patient anatomy. The movement of the instruments in tandem back towards the entry guide may also occur through coupled control modes while the entry guide is held in a fixed position and orientation.


Patent
Intuitive Surgical | Date: 2016-06-28

A method of controlling a surgical stapler system includes transmitting an actuation force to a staple cartridge to actuate a staple firing procedure, the staple cartridge being removably received by a portion of an end effector of a surgical instrument, measuring the transmitted actuation force, and controlling continued transmission of the actuation force based on a comparison of the measured actuation force to a range defined from a minimum threshold actuation force to a maximum threshold actuation force.

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