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A system for accessing a surgical target site and related methods, involving an initial distraction system for creating an initial distraction corridor, and an assembly capable of distracting from the initial distraction corridor to a secondary distraction corridor and thereafter sequentially receiving a plurality of retractor blades for retracting from the secondary distraction corridor to thereby create an operative corridor to the surgical target site, both of which may be equipped with one or more electrodes for use in detecting the existence of (and optionally the distance and/or direction to) neural structures before, during, and after the establishment of an operative corridor to a surgical target site.

Title
Surgical access system and related methods
Application Number
10/608362
Publication Number
7582058 (B1)
Application Date
June 26, 2003
Publication Date
September 1, 2009
Inventor
Goretti Medeiros legal representative
Plantsville
CT, US
Jeffrey Blewett
San Diego
CA, US
Norbert Kaula
Arvada
CO, US
Allen Farquhar
San Diego
CA, US
James Gharib
San Diego
CA, US
Eric Finley
San Diego
CA, US
Scot Martinelli
San Diego
CA, US
Patrick Miles
San Diego
CA, US
Agent
Rory Schermerhom
Jonathan Spangler
Assignee
NuVasive
CA, US
IPC
A61B 5/04
A61B 1/32
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