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1. EP2263593 - Multi-component telepresence system

Office European Patent Office
Application Number 10182920
Application Date 10.12.1997
Publication Number 2263593
Publication Date 22.12.2010
Publication Kind B1
IPC
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
B
DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
19
Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B1/-A61B18/149
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
B
DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
19
Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B1/-A61B18/149
08
Surgical drapes
A61B 19/00
A61B 19/08
CPC
A61B 46/13
A61B 34/30
A61B 34/35
A61B 34/37
A61B 34/71
A61B 34/76
Applicants INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS
Inventors COOPER THOMAS G
Designated States
Priority Data 97949717 10.12.1997 EP
3332196 12.12.1996 US
Title
(DE) Tele-Anwesenheitsanordnung mit Mehrfachkomponenten
(EN) Multi-component telepresence system
(FR) Système de télépresence multicomposant
Abstract
(EN)
The present invention provides systems and methods for performing robotics assisted surgical procedures on a patient. In particular, a three component surgical system (2) is provided that includes a non-sterile drive and control component (40), a sterilized end effector or surgical tool (20), and an intermediate connector component (24) that includes mechanical elements for coupling the surgical tool (20) with the drive and control component (40), and for transferring motion and electrical signals therebetween. The drive and control component (40) is shielded from the sterile surgical site, the surgical tool (20) is sterilized and disposable and the intermediate connector (24) is sterilized and reusable. In this manner, the intermediate connector (24) can be sterilized after a surgical procedure without damaging the motors (170) or electrical connections within the drive and control component (40) of the robotics system.