05599279 is referenced by 386 patents and cites 50 patents.

The present invention provides endoscopic instrumentation and surgical techniques especially useful for accessing at least a portion of an intervertebral disc. Vertebrae spreading instruments are provided for spreading adjacent vertebrae to facilitate access to the intervertebral disc are. The disclosed surgical method uses an anterior approach to access the intervertebral disc and spreads adjacent vertebrae utilizing an endoscopic vertebrae spreading instrument.

Title
Surgical instruments and method useful for endoscopic spinal procedures
Application Number
214875
Publication Number
5599279
Application Date
January 29, 1996
Publication Date
February 4, 1997
Inventor
Keith Ratcliff
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Carlo A Mililli
Huntington
CT, US
Salvatore Castro
Seymour
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Sherman Stein
310 Spruce St., Philadelphia, 19106
PA, US
Gus J Slotman
705 Mill St., Moorestown, 08057
NJ, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
Sherman Stein
CT, US
Gus J Slotman
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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