06478800 is referenced by 405 patents and cites 3 patents.

A tool for installing an object, such as an artificial disk prosthesis, between adjacent vertebrae includes a pair of opposed levers separated by a fulcrum. Blade tips are disposed at the distal end of the levers. A pusher block is disposed distally of the fulcrum, and upon actuation by forward movement of a pusher rod, the pusher block moves the artificial disk prosthesis distally. The blade tips may be inserted between adjacent vertebral bodies as the disk moves forward thus causing the vertebral bodies to be separated until the disk is disposed therebetween. In one embodiment, the length of the blade tips may be selectively adjusted.

Title
Medical installation tool
Application Number
9/566514
Publication Number
6478800 (B1)
Application Date
May 8, 2000
Publication Date
November 12, 2002
Inventor
Mark Boomer
Providence
RI, US
Michael J O&apos Neil
West Barnstable
MA, US
Robert D Fraser
Myrtle Bank
US
Agent
Nutter McClennen & Fish
US
Assignee
DePuy AcroMed
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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