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Apparatus and a method of inserting spinal implants is disclosed in which an intervertebral space is first distracted, a hollow sleeve having teeth at one end is then driven into the vertebrae adjacent that disc space. A drill is then passed through the hollow sleeve removing disc and bone in preparation for receiving the spinal implant which is then inserted through the sleeve. Apparatus and a method of inserting spinal implants is disclosed in which an intervertebral space is first distracted to restore the normal angular relationship of the vertebrae adjacent to that disc space. An extended outer sleeve having extended portions capable of maintaining the vertebrae distracted in their normal angular relationship is then driven into the vertebrae adjacent that disc space. A drill is then passed through the hollow sleeve removing disc and bone in preparation for receiving the spinal implant which is then inserted through the sleeve.

Title
Apparatus for inserting spinal implants
Application Number
8/482162
Publication Number
6270498 (B1)
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
August 7, 2001
Inventor
Gary Karlin Michelson
438 Sherman Canal, Venice
CA, US
Agent
Martin & Ferraro
US
IPC
A61B 17/56
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