Multi-component telepresence system and method

  • US 6,346,072 B1
  • Filed: 09/28/1999
  • Issued: 02/12/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/12/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for performing a surgical procedure within a sterile field with a robotic surgical system comprising:

  • covering portions of a manipulator arm assembly with a sterile drape to shield the arm assembly from the sterile field;

    releasably attaching a sterilizable adaptor to a distal end portion of the manipulator arm assembly through the sterile drape;

    releasably coupling a sterilizable surgical tool to the adaptor, wherein said releasably coupling action comprises inserting an elongate shaft of said tool through a cylindrical structure connected to said robotic surgical system, said cylindrical structure adapted to be at least partially inserted into a patient'"'"'s body; and

    introducing the surgical tool through an aperture in a body wall of said patient to a target site within said patient.

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