A true minimally invasive discectomy procedure extends beyond surgical access and allows for native tissue conservation where it may benefit the patient. Performing a discectomy that results in an open defect has been correlated with a higher risk of reherniation.7 Surgeons who use a tissue sparing approach while minimizing the residual defects have seen improvements in procedural outcomes. 16
AnchorAccess Dilator System
The AnchorAccess Dilator System allows streamlined surgical access while reducing the need to cut muscles and soft tissues as part of the approach for a herniated disc repair procedure. The AnchorAccess Dilator System is comprised of a series of cannulated dilators that progressively increase in diameter to gradually stretch the muscles and soft tissues, resulting in an operating corridor through which herniated disc procedures can be completed. The AnchorAccess Dilator system is compatible with the entire Anchor system of devices.
The AnchorEntry Retractors
The AnchorEntry Retractors are a next-generation retractor system that allow for tissue distraction with a minimal insertion footprint. The unique expansion and locking system provides maximum surgical access with minimum tissue interaction, contributing towards a tissue-sparing approach. AnchorEntry Retractors are available in a variety of lengths and configurations, and can be coupled with additional expandable retractors to expand visualization in 2 directions within the existing access.
Features of the AnchorAccess Dilator and AnchorEntry Retractor Systems:
- Tissue-sparing dilation and retractor system
- Expandable in situ – maximum exposure with minimal footprint
- Compatible with the entire Anchor System
The AnchorAccess Dilator System and AnchorEntry Retractor System are compatible with the Anchor line of surgical instruments (Anchor Curettes, Gouges, Forceps, Ball Probes, Penfield Probes, Rongeurs, and Cobb Elevators).
The AnchorView Endoscope
The AnchorView Endoscope is a reusable rigid endoscope, comprised of a fiber optic cable and sensitive image transmission system with eyepiece. The AnchorView Endoscope was developed for visualization of the surgical field during spinal procedures and may be used in conjunction with commercially available light guides, light sources, video cameras, monitors and printers. Light that is created by the external light source is transmitted from the AnchorView Endoscope light guide connector through the endoscope itself to the tip via a fiber optic system. Images are transferred the other way back through a rigid rod lens system. The AnchorView is provided in a 90° short configuration and is used with a compatible bracket.
Features of the AnchorView Endoscope:
- Minimal footprint
- Integrated lightsource and imaging through a single endoscope
- Compatible with a variety of light guides, light sources, cameras and monitors
The AnchorKnot Tissue Approximation Kit
The AnchorKnot Tissue Approximation Kit may be considered if the surgeon identifies that the tissue is amenable to repair. This procedure may not be appropriate for all patients, and not all patients may benefit.