Surgical access system and related methods

  • US 20090124860A1
  • Filed: 02/27/2004
  • Published: 05/14/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system for accessing a surgical target site, comprising:

  • a handle assembly including a first arm member, a second arm member hingedly attached to said first arm member, and a translating member adapted to move longitudinally relative said first and second arm members;

    a first retractor blade rigidly coupled to said first arm member prior to introduction into said surgical target site, a second retractor blade rigidly coupled to said second arm member prior to introduction into said surgical target site, and a third retractor blade rigidly coupled to said translating member prior to introduction into said surgical target site;

    said handle being configured to simultaneously introduce said first, second and third retractor blades to said surgical target site in a closed position and thereafter opened by manually squeezing said first and second arm members relative to one another to create an operative corridor to said surgical target site.

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