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A method for performing a surgical procedure includes the steps of providing a surgical retractor including a sleeve member having two opposed retractor arms at its distal end portion, at least partially inserting the retractor arms of the retractor within a space defined between adjacent bony structures whereby first and second supporting surfaces of each retractor arm respectively engage the opposed structures thereby distracting the structures, and performing the surgical procedure. A method for inserting a spinal implant is also disclosed. Instrumentation for performing the procedure is also disclosed.

Title
Method and instrumentation for implant insertion
Application Number
615379
Publication Number
6083225
Application Date
July 8, 1997
Publication Date
July 4, 2000
Inventor
Charles D Ray
Williamsburg
VA, US
Kirk Jayne
Alameda
CA, US
Steven T Mitchell
Pleasant Hill
CA, US
Charles J Winslow
Walnut Creek
CA, US
Assignee
Surgical Dynamics
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/56
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