Abstract: A surgical tool well suited for less invasive surgery. Uses include spinal surgery and microdecompressive techniques. The method and device are useful for rearchitecting the spine. A cutting tip or head on a shaft is shielded during non-use to protect tissue and neural elements. To further protect neural elements and tissue, an inflatable retractor is introduced into the body with the surgical tool.
Abstract: A device for osteoligamentous resection comprising a resector having a shaft with a resecting tip at its distal end, and a retractor at least partially surrounding the resector, and at least part of the retractor being moveable relative to the resector.