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Methods and apparatus for providing percutaneous access to vertebrae in alignment with a visualized, trans-sacral axial instrumentation/fusion (TASIF) line in a minimally invasive, low trauma, manner are disclosed. A number of related TASIF methods and surgical tool sets are provided by the present invention that are employed to form a percutaneous pathway from an anterior or posterior skin incision to a respective anterior or posterior target point of a sacral surface. The percutaneous pathway is generally axially aligned with an anterior or posterior axial instrumentation/fusion line extending from the respective anterior or posterior target point through at least one sacral vertebral body and one or more lumbar vertebral bodies in the cephalad direction. The provision of the percutaneous pathway described herein allows for the formation of the anterior or posterior TASIF bore(s) and/or the introduction of spinal implants and instruments.

Title
Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae
Application Number
10/459149
Publication Number
7087058 (B2)
Application Date
June 10, 2003
Publication Date
August 8, 2006
Inventor
Andrew H Cragg
Edina
MN, US
Agent
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Assignee
TranS1
NC, US
IPC
A61F 5/00
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