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7824327 Optical trocar with scope holding assembly  
An optical access apparatus for receiving an endoscope to permit visualization during passage through tissue includes an access member dimensioned for insertion through body tissue. The access...
7823533 Stent fixture and method for reducing coating defects  
A stent fixture for supporting a stent during formation of a coating is provided.
7819318 Intelligent implement having metal encased passive radio frequency transponder and examples of use  
A metal-encased passive radio-frequency transponder assembly includes a metal housing having an external surface and an opening accessing an interior space, the opening closeable with a metal...
7819885 Multi-component telepresence system and method  
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...
7819859 Control system for reducing internally generated frictional and inertial resistance to manual positioning of a surgical manipulator  
A robotic control system is placed in clutch mode so that a slave manipulator holding a surgical instrument is temporarily disengaged from control by a master manipulator in order to allow manual...
7819799 System and method for controlling force applied to and manipulation of medical instruments  
Apparatus for controlling force applied to and for manipulation of a surgical instrument. Movement and/or forces applied to the surgical instrument are preferably sensed within the apparatus. An...
7815630 Target-close electromagnetic energy emitting device  
An apparatus having an excitation source that includes at least one laser diode and also having a handpiece with a disposable, bendable tip cannula is disclosed.
7813837 Robot control system  
A robot control system for controlling a position and an attitude of a robot head is provided with an operating head held by an operator and a sensor for detecting a position and an attitude of...
7806891 Repositioning and reorientation of master/slave relationship in minimally invasive telesurgery  
The invention provides robotic surgical systems which allow selectable independent repositioning of an input handle of a master controller and/or a surgical end effector without corresponding...
7803152 Method and apparatus for detecting a control switch for medical equipment  
A control switch detecting apparatus aims at detecting a control switch operable by an operator for controlling a medical device. When a position signal for representing a position of at least one...
7803107 Guidewire locking device and method  
A locking device for a maintaining an elongated member at a selected place within a body lumen includes a substantially rigid body including an attachment portion adapted to be coupled to a...
7803151 System and method for calibrating a surgical instrument  
A calibration system for a surgical instrument. The calibration system includes an actuator, such as a motor system and a flexible shaft. The calibration system also includes a surgical instrument...
7799017 Multi-function surgical instrument tool actuator assembly  
A tool actuating assembly for a multi-function surgical instrument is disclosed. The tool actuating assembly of the present invention can be utilized in a variety of differently configured...
7794462 Handpiece calibration device  
A calibration device for a milling instrument is provided. The calibration device may be a burr guard which may be attached to the milling instrument. The calibration device may calibrate the...
7794452 Device and method for positioning and attaching a member such as an implant or jig  
A surgical device for positioning a member and attaching the member within the patient. A first element comprises a shaft having a driver at distal end. A second element includes an internal bore...
7789822 Endoscopic therapeutic instrument, endoscope, and endoscopic therapeutic system  
An endoscopic therapeutic instrument has a therapeutic section, a flexible transmission member which transmits operating driving forces to the therapeutic section by moving forwardly and...
7789875 Surgical instruments  
A medical system comprises a rigid support configured for being affixed relative to a patient table, a carriage assembly configured for being removably mounted to the rigid support, a surgical...
7789825 Handle for endoscopic device  
An endoscopic accessory medical device is provided. The device can include a handle, a flexible shaft, and an end effector. The handle can include an actuator for operating the end effector...
7789874 Support assembly for robotic catheter system  
A support assembly for supporting a remotely controlled instrument driver in a selectable orientation relative to an operating table, the assembly comprising including a base removably attachable...
7786457 Systems and methods of non-invasive level sensing for a surgical cassette  
Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for detecting the level of a fluid in a surgical cassette by projecting light from a linear light source into a wall of a cassette....
7785320 Method for operating a medical robotic system by stopping movement of a surgical instrument about a pivot point or issuing a warning if the pivot point moves beyond a threshold value  
A system for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures. The system includes a pair of surgical instruments that are coupled to a pair of robotic arms. The instruments have end effectors...
7783338 Catheter with optical fiber sensor  
An apparatus and method to perform therapeutic treatment and diagnosis of a patient's vasculature through the use of an intravascular device having an optical fiber disposed therein. In an...
7780652 System and method for flexible architecture for dermatologic treatments utilizing multiple light sources  
A system and method for providing light treatments to a patients skin, which could include both dermal and epidermal regions. The system and method utilize multiple hand pieces where each hand...
7780651 Articulated surgical instrument for performing minimally invasive surgery with enhanced dexterity and sensitivity  
An articulated surgical instrument for enhancing the performance of minimally invasive surgical procedures. The instrument has a high degree of dexterity, low friction, low inertia and good force...
7776032 Device for improved visualization of operative sites during surgery  
This invention provides a novel surgical device well suited to use in laparoscopic or other (e.g. open surgical) procedures. In certain embodiments, the device comprises a surgical probe,...
7778733 Grip strength with tactile feedback for robotic surgery  
Surgical robots and other telepresence systems have enhanced grip actuation for manipulating tissues and objects with small sizes. A master/slave system is used in which an error signal or gain is...
7774244 Methods, systems, and products for tracking surgical items  
Methods, systems, and products track all equipment used in a surgical suite through the use of RFID tags. A database is queried for a surgical procedure associated with a patient. An allowable...
7771415 Method for safely and efficiently navigating magnetic devices in the body  
A method of turning a medical device, having a magnetically responsive element associated with its distal end, at an operating point within an operating region inside a patient's body from an...
7771416 Control mechanism for flexible endoscopic device and method of use  
Control devices and methods are provided for controlling tension applied to a tensioning element extending through a flexible shaft, such as on an endoscopic device. In one exemplary embodiment,...
7771716 Methods of using regenerative cells in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders  
Regenerative cells present in adipose tissue are used to treat patients, including patients with musculoskeletal diseases or disorders. Methods of treating patients include processing adipose...
7769427 Apparatus and method for catheter guidance control and imaging  
A system whereby a magnetic tip attached to a surgical tool is detected, displayed and positioned. A Virtual Tip serves as an operator control. Movement of the operator control produces...
7764985 Surgical navigation system component fault interfaces and related processes  
Devices and processes for use in computer aided or computer navigated surgery include one or more fault interfaces interposed between an indicium and an item to be used during surgery such as a...
7763015 Modular manipulator support for robotic surgery  
A robotic surgery system comprises a mounting base, a plurality of surgical instruments, and an articulate support assembly. Each instrument is insertable into a patient through an associated...
7758569 Interchangeable surgical instrument  
A robotic medical system comprises an instrument driver having a driver shaft, a driver cable slidably disposed through the shaft, and a driver coupling member respectively mounted to the driver...
7758608 Enhanced dexterity surgical hand piece  
Manual actuating apparatus for operating a medical device includes a handle, a finger loop mounted on the handle for receiving the thumb of an operator, first and second lever members mounted on...
7757694 Method for safely and efficiently navigating magnetic devices in the body  
A method of turning a medical device, having a magnetically responsive element associated with its distal end, at an operating point within an operating region inside a patient's body from an...
7758587 Medical device guidance from an anatomical reference  
A system and method for simply and reliably determining the location and orientation of a medical device within a patient's body. A medical device, such as a catheter, has bending indicators on or...
7753904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft  
A surgical instrument particular suited to endoscopic use is disclosed. Various embodiments include an end effector that is sized to be inserted through a trocar. An elongated shaft assembly is...
7744608 Robotically controlled medical instrument  
A medical instrument assembly and robotic medical system are provided. The assembly comprises a shaft, a tool carried by the distal end of the shaft for performing a medical procedure on a...
7744607 Marking catheter for placement using frameless stereotaxy and use thereof  
A marking catheter made out of a flexible material and having a closed distal end and an open proximal end is provided. The marking catheter is sized and shaped to fit over the probe of a...
7740578 Direct reading endoscopic measuring instrument and method  
The invention relates to a direct reading endoscopic measuring instrument and, more specifically, to a manually operated measuring instrument that is placed in close proximity to an internal...
7740625 Surgical digitizing apparatus and method  
A surgical digitizing apparatus and procedure will typically involve a pad having discrete segments which may be arranged in a specific order to accommodate a particular procedure. The individual...
7736356 Surgical tool having positively positionable tendon-actuated multi-disk wrist joint  
The present invention is directed to a tool having a wrist mechanism that provides pitch and yaw rotation in such a way that the tool has no singularity in roll, pitch, and yaw. A positively...
7734342 Techniques for positioning therapy delivery elements within a spinal cord or brain  
Apparatus and techniques to address problems associated with lead migration, patient movement or position, histological changes, neural plasticity or disease progression. Disclosed are techniques...
7725214 Minimally invasive surgical system  
A control system for a minimally invasive surgical system. In one aspect the control system is a distributed system. A control and transform processor receives data from a master arm controller,...
7722599 In vivo accessories for minimally invasive robotic surgery  
Surgical accessories are presented in vivo and used by surgical tools in the surgical site to perform additional tasks without the need to remove the tools from the surgical site for tool change...
7725162 Surgery system  
A surgery system comprising at least one smart instrument, a computer system, and a sensor system adapted to wirelessly sense the position of the at least one smart instrument and to transmit...
7717904 Manipulator  
The manipulator has two-degree-of-freedom of rotation and gripping, and is capable of ensuring force feedback or force sensation with excellent operationability. A link mechanism 3 is provided...
7717846 External endoscopic accessory control system  
The present invention provides an endoscopic accessory control system that resides externally of the endoscope. The system comprises the endoscopic accessory with a working end to be placed at the...
7720532 Clean margin assessment tool  
An integrated tool is provided, having a tissue-type sensor, for determining the tissue type at a near zone volume of a tissue surface, and a distance-measuring sensor, for determining the...