02/12/2010
AO Technical Commission Approved

Insight Retractor and Tube Systems

Traditional open posterior lumbar spine procedures require extensive soft-tissue dissection and can result in significant blood loss and long patient recovery times.

Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques in spine surgery have been improved in the last decade with the goals of reduced approachrelated morbidity, blood loss, and scarring; improved recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

The insight retractor and tube systems are minimally invasive, posterior lumbar access systems. These systems are utilized by surgeons for performance of decompressions, microdiscectomies, laminectomies, and interbody fusion procedures.

The insight retractor and tube systems are versatile in blade configuration and selection of blades/tubes providing direct minimal access to the operative level. The blades and tubes are radiolucent allowing for visualization of bony anatomy and disc space. The light clips, currently available in the US only, in both systems illuminate the surgical field.

 

The tube system includes a series of 35 access tubes with diameters ranging from 1628 mm and length ranging from 3090 mm. It can be used for a wide range of surgeries, including microdiscectomies and TLIF procedures, such as OPAL and T-PAL. Both systems also work together with MIS support system to provide stability and the dilation system for initial atraumatic access to the operative site. Insight retractor designs feature a wide variety of cranial/caudal and lateral blade types together with a Hudson connector for connection with MIS support flex arm and color-coded dilators.

 

A 45-year-old woman who had failed nonoperative treatment underwent a minimally invasive decompression, facetectomy, discectomy, and interbody fusion via a right-sided approach through a 22 mm insight retractor. Subsequent instrumentation was performed through an ipsilateral miniopen and contralateral percutaneous approach (not shown).

Case provided by Roger Hrtl, New York, New York, USA

 

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