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Guidewire exchange systems, devices and methods, for positioning and actuating surgical devices in a desired position between two tissues in a patient's body are described. A guidewire may be coupled to a surgical device for positioning and actuating (e.g., urging against a target tissue). The guidewire may be exchanged between different surgical devices during the same procedure, and the guidewire and surgical devices may be releaseably or permanently coupled. The surgical device generally includes one or more guidewire coupling members. A system may include a guidewire and a surgical device having a guidewire coupling member. Methods, devices and systems may be used in open, less-invasive or percutaneous surgical procedures.

Title
Guidewire exchange systems to treat spinal stenosis
Application Number
12/127535
Publication Number
8257356 (B2)
Application Date
May 27, 2008
Publication Date
September 4, 2012
Inventor
Jefferey Bleam
Boulder Creek
CA, US
Roy Leguidleguid
Union City
CA, US
Gregory P Schmitz
Los Gatos
CA, US
Jeffrey L Bleich
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Shay Glenn
Assignee
Baxano
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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