07500977 is referenced by 74 patents and cites 390 patents.

Disclosed are surgical tools, tool sets and methods for percutaneously accessing and preparing treatment sites within the spine for subsequent treatment procedures. The treatment site may be an inter-vertebral motion segments in the lumbar and sacral regions of the spine. The tool set may comprise introducer tools and bone dilators for accessing and tapping into a targeted site, such as, for example, the anterior surface of the S1 vertebral body. The tool set may also comprise cutters and extractors for preparing the treatment site for subsequent treatment procedures. The tool set may additionally comprise a bone graft inserter, an exchange system, and/or a temporary distraction tool for further preparing the treatment site for subsequent treatment procedures.

Title
Method and apparatus for manipulating material in the spine
Application Number
10/972077
Publication Number
7500977 (B2)
Application Date
October 22, 2004
Publication Date
March 10, 2009
Inventor
Eugene A Dickhudt
St. Paul
MN, US
Andrew L Cragg
Edina
MN, US
Steven D Ainsworth
Wilmington
NC, US
Robert L Assell
Wilmington
NC, US
Agent
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Assignee
TranS1
NC, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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