Robotic fastening system

  • US 9,192,395 B2
  • Filed: 05/07/2013
  • Issued: 11/24/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/20/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A robotic fastening system comprising:

  • a robotic mechanism including an adaptive arm configured to position a staple relative to a body portion of a patient;

    a robotic arm interface configured to operate the adaptive arm of the robotic mechanism;

    a staple having first and second legs;

    a fastening member coupled to the adaptive arm, the fastening member having first and second force transmitting portions and configured to secure the body portion with the staple by applying a force from the first and second force transmitting portions to move the first and second legs of the staple toward each other;

    at least one of a position sensor configured to indicate a distance moved by the staple and a force measurement device configured to indicate a resistance required to move the staple relative to the body portion; and

    a tissue retractor assembly coupled to the robotic mechanism, the tissue retractor assembly including a cannula configured to facilitate insertion of the fastening member through the cannula into a working space inside the patient.

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