EndoWrist® Instruments

Intuitive Surgical's exclusive EndoWrist Instruments are designed to provide surgeons with natural dexterity and full range of motion for precise operation through tiny incisions. Modeled after the human wrist, EndoWrist Instruments can offer an even greater range of motion than the human hand. They truly allow the da Vinci® System to take surgical precision and technique beyond the limits of the human hand. Similar to human tendons, an EndoWrist Instrument's internal cables provide maximum responsiveness, allowing rapid and precise suturing, dissection and tissue manipulation.

EndoWrist Instruments provide enhanced dexterity, precision and control:

* 7 degrees of freedom
* 90 degrees of articulation
* Intuitive motion and finger-tip control
* Motion scaling and tremor reduction

The wrist-like movement, responsiveness and robotic control afforded by the da Vinci System and its exclusive EndoWrist Instruments provide surgeons fluid ambidexterity and unparalleled precision.

The EndoWrist Instruments are available in a wide selection of specialized tip designs to enable a broad range of da Vinci procedures. As da Vinci Surgery is adopted in new specialties, our engineers work side-by-side with surgeons to develop new EndoWrist Instruments to address new clinical needs. The following is a list of instrument categories for which Intuitive offers specialized tip designs.


Advanced Energy Instruments

Energy instruments are used by the da Vinci surgeon to provide coagulation, cutting and dissection of tissues.  These include monopolar and bipolar cautery instruments (electrical energy), the Harmonic ACE (mechanical energy), the PK Dissecting Forceps (advanced bipolar), and laser.


Grasping instruments to allow for manipulation of a wide range of tissues, from fine, thin tissues such as peritoneum to dense, fibrous tissues such as uterus.

Needle drivers

Needle drivers provide the ability to suture with the finest of needles used in cardiovascular surgery as well as the thickest needles used in repair of uterine defects. SutureCut™ Needle Drivers include an integral cutting blade for efficient cutting of suture after knot tying and increased surgeon autonomy and efficiency.


Retracting instruments allow the surgeon to dynamically provide exposure of the surgical field. This minimizes dependency on the patient-side assistant, providing the da Vinci surgeon with full control of the operative field.

Other Specialized Instruments

Clip appliers, probe graspers, and cardiac stabilizers are available to allow the da Vinci surgeon to perform specialized procedures such as vessel clipping, cryoablation, and beating-heart surgery.

5mm Instruments

A selection of 5mm Endowrist Instruments provides the surgeon with the ability to use smaller access ports. Some surgeons prefer smaller access ports when performing pediatric, thoracic, bariatric, gynecologic, and general surgery.

Ease of Use

The EndoWrist Instruments are designed to be user-friendly in all aspects of surgery. After an instrument is mounted to the da Vinci System, the interface is designed not only to recognize the type and function of the instrument, but to also display the number of uses. With this unique interface, the da Vinci System can easily detect when an instrument needs replacing.

The EndoWrist Instruments, designed exclusively for the da Vinci System, are available directly from Intuitive Surgical and its authorized distributors worldwide. For additional information, contact Intuitive Surgical Customer Service.

Cleaning & Sterilization

The Endowrist instruments are validated to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Technical Information Report 12 standard (AAMI TIR 12 standard): Designing, testing and labeling reusable medical devices for reprocessing in health care facilities.

Instructional documents describing the cleaning and sterilization processes are available for download to da Vinci practitioners from the da Vinci Surgery Online Community, or from your Intuitive Surgical sales or service support representative.

Cleaning & Sterilization Documentations on the Online Community (Requires Prior Registration)

Single-Site Instrumentation

da Vinci Single-Site Instrumentation is the latest addition to the da Vinci line. For information on Single-Site da Vinci Surgery, click here.

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