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1. US20110066161 - Multi-Component Telepresence System and Method

Office United States of America
Application Number 12893348
Application Date 29.09.2010
Publication Number 20110066161
Publication Date 17.03.2011
Publication Kind A1
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
A61B 19/00
Applicants Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
Inventors Cooper Thomas G.
Title
(EN) Multi-Component Telepresence System and Method
Abstract
(EN)

The present invention provides systems and methods for performing robotically-assisted surgical procedures on a patient. In particular, a three-component surgical system is provided that includes a non-sterile drive and control component, a sterilizable end effector or surgical tool and an intermediate connector component that includes mechanical elements for coupling the surgical tool with the drive and control component and for transferring motion and electrical signals therebetween. The drive and control component is shielded from the sterile surgical site, the surgical tool is sterilizable and disposable and the intermediate connector is sterilizable and reusable. In this manner, the intermediate connector can be sterilized after a surgical procedure without damaging the motors or electrical connections within the drive and control component of the robotic system.