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Arthroscopic cervical discectomy instruments include a push knob for a guide wire, a pair of telescopically mounted dilator tubes, one of which includes a water port so that the tube provides the additional function of an irrigation tube, a ligament cutter, a continuous suction punch, a cervical osteotone, a cervical cureet, a nucleus extractor and a cureet nucleus extractor. The dilator tubes, the ligament cutter, and the continuous suction punch are all centrally bored to receive the guide wire. All of the instruments are of arthroscopic proportions and each instrument, exclusive of its handle, is slideably insertable through the bore of the largest in diameter dilator tube. The largest in diameter dilator tube serves as a dilator, an irrigation tube, and as the main sheath through which the other tools are inserted. In a second embodiment, the pair of dilator tubes are replaced with a plurality of telescoping dilator tubes of progressively larger diameters and shorter lengths. The tools enable a novel dilation method and a novel surgical method.

Title
Cervical discectomy instruments
Application Number
758013
Publication Number
5472426
Application Date
August 17, 1993
Publication Date
December 5, 1995
Inventor
Philip J Ware
Spring Hill
FL, US
Alfred O Bonati
New Port Richey
FL, US
Agent
Ronald E Smith
Joseph C Mason Jr
Assignee
B E I Medical
NJ, US
IPC
A61M 5/00
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