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1. US6132368 - Multi-component telepresence system and method

Office United States of America
Application Number 08975617
Application Date 21.11.1997
Publication Number 6132368
Publication Date 17.10.2000
Grant Number 6132368
Grant Date 17.10.2000
Publication Kind A
IPC
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
B
DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
1
Instruments for performing medical examinations of the interior of cavities or tubes of the body by visual or photographical inspection, e.g. endoscopes; Illuminating arrangements therefor
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 1/00
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, Inc.
Inventors Cooper Thomas G.
Agents Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP
Barrish Mark D.
Priority Data 60033321 12.12.1996 US
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.