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The present invention provides a non-rigid retractor for providing access to a surgical site, such as a patient's spine, during a surgical process. When used in spinal surgery, the non-rigid retractor allows a surgeon to operate on one or more spinal levels. The non-rigid retractor includes at least one flexible strap anchored at a first end to the spine or other internal body part at the surgical site. The body of the at least one flexible strap extends from a skin incision and is anchored at a second location external to the body to retract skin and muscle from the surgical site, allowing adequate visualization of the surgical site and providing access for implants and surgical instruments to pass through the retractor and into the surgical site.

Title
Non-rigid surgical retractor
Application Number
11/540780
Publication Number
7955257 (B2)
Application Date
September 29, 2006
Publication Date
June 7, 2011
Inventor
Connie P Marchek
Foxboro
MA, US
Timothy Beardsley
Kingston
MA, US
William J Frasier
New Bedford
MA, US
Agent
EuiHoon Lee
Kevin J Canning
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Assignee
DePuy Spine
MA, US
IPC
A61B 1/32
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