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An apparatus for performing spinal stabilization includes a distraction spacer sized to be inserted into a disc space and act against end plates of vertebra to urge the vertebra apart. A tube guide is placed at a second location on the disc space with the tube guide including a spacer on its distal end sized approximate to a sizing of the distraction spacer. A guide tube is mutually sized with the tube guide for the tube guide and the spacer to be withdrawn through the guide tube. The guide tube is sized to direct surgical tools to the disc space. A boring tool includes a guide tip which is sized to be received within the disc space and act against end plates of the vertebra to maintain the boring tool in accurate alignment with the disc space.

Title
Spinal stabilization surgical apparatus
Application Number
15863
Publication Number
5720748
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
February 24, 1998
Inventor
Douglas W Kohrs
Edina
MN, US
Stephen D Kuslich
Minneapolis
MN, US
Agent
Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt P A
Assignee
Spine Tech
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/17
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