System and method for augmentation of endoscopic surgery

  • US 6,201,984 B1
  • Filed: 01/26/1995
  • Issued: 03/13/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A surgical robotic system for use in minimally invasive surgery, the minimally invasive surgery performed at an internal surgical site of a patient body, the surgical robotic system comprising:

  • a surgical instrument having a proximal end and a distal end, the instrument extendible distally through an incision to the internal surgical site;

    a robot supporting the proximal end of the instrument, the robot moving the instrument in response to motor signals;

    a voice recognition system for inputting spoken instructions; and

    a computer coupling the voice recognition system to the robot, the computer generating the motor signals in response to the spoken instructions to move the distal end of the surgical instrument at the internal surgical site by pivoting the instrument about the incision.

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