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A method for accessing the spine includes making an incision in the skin of a patient. The skin and tissue can be dilated, and a cannula inserted through the dilated skin and tissue. The cannula includes a distal end positioned adjacent a first working space that includes paraspinous tissue. The cannula can be repositioned through the incision to a second working space adjacent the distal end of the cannula.

Title
Methods for accessing the spinal column
Application Number
9/449647
Publication Number
6520907 (B1)
Application Date
November 30, 1999
Publication Date
February 18, 2003
Inventor
Joseph Moctezuma
Memphis
TN, US
John B Clayton
Germantown
TN, US
Maurice Mell Smith
Cordova
TN, US
Kevin Thomas Foley
Germantown
TN, US
Agent
Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett
US
Assignee
SDGI Holdings
DE, US
IPC
A61B 1/313
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