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Dr. Michelson is a board certified orthopedic fellowship trained spinal surgeon who has dedicated his life to the search for more effective treatments for the most debilitating of spinal disorders and to the relief of spinal pain.
Motivated by the plight of his maternal grandmother — a tennis champion in her youth — later crippled by neurogenic spinal degeneration, Dr. Michelson resolved to teach himself all that was known about these diseases and their treatments. Dissatisfied with the available treatments, the doctor went on to invent comprehensive spinal surgical systems including integrated instruments, operative methods and medical implants. These have become the foundation for many of the modern surgical treatments used for major spinal disorders. Dr. Michelson's inventions are also central to many minimally invasive spinal surgery systems, anterior cervical plating systems, interbody spinal fusion systems, and systems for implanting spinal motion preserving devices such as artificial discs.
Attribution Product Systems†
ALIF Guide Tube Instrument Set
Anatomic PEEK PTC®
Anterior Freehand Instruments
Anterior Laparoscopic Instrument Set
ARCUATE™ System and
ARCUATE™ XP System
ATLANTIS VISION® System
Avila™ Interbody Fusion Device
Avila™-A Interbody Fusion Device
Avila™-O Interbody Fusion Device
Balloon Kyphoplasty (BKP)
BASIS™ Vertebral Body Spacer
BRYAN ACCEL® System*
BRYAN® ACD Instrument Set*
BRYAN® Cervical Disc System
BULLET™ Lumbar Interbody Fusion System
Cage Removal Instrument Set
CARGO™ Anterior Cervical Interbody Fusion System
Cement Restrictor Implants
CERES™ Anterior Cervical Plates System
CERFIX™ Anterior Cervical Plates System
CERVINE™ Anterior Cervical Plates System
CERVINE C™ Anterior Cervical Plates System
CERVINE D™ Anterior Cervical Plates System
CLYDESDALE™ and VERTE-STACK® CLYDESDALE™ System
CRESCENT™* and VERTE-STACK® CRESCENT™ System
CYLINDER TI MESH™ Systems
Cylindrical Endoscopic Instrument Set
DIRECT LATERAL System
ELEVATE™ Spinal System
FUSE™ Spinal System
HYDROSORB® Mesh Implants
INFUSE® Bone Graft in combination with LT-CAGE®
INTER FIX™ System
KBP KYPHOPLASTY™ Systems
KIDNEY BEAN MESH Implant*
KYPHON® LATITUDE II® Curette
LOOP® Spinal System
LT CAGE® System
MD I Through MD IV Dowels and Instruments
METRx® II RADIANCE X System
METRx® X-TUBE® System
PERIMETER® System and VERTE-STACK® PERIMETER® System
Pivox™ Oblique Lateral Spinal System
PLIF Guide Tube Instrument Set
PRECISION GRAFT® System
PYRAMETRIX® ADVANCE Instrument Set
PYRAMETRIX® PLUS Instrument Set
PYRAMID® +4 Anterior Lumbar Plating System
SOVEREIGN™ Spinal System
WAVE D Spinal System
WAVE O Spinal System
ZZFEE™ Anterior Cervical Plates System
Other fusion promoting substances if and to the extent promoted for use in combination with any interbody fusion implant.
Systems with literature listing or depicting the following kyphoplasty (BKP or KBP) steps:
The Michelson Seal is proudly displayed by Medtronic Sofamor Danek in conjunction with all systems incorporating the inventions of Dr. Michelson.
G. Karlin Michelson, M.D.
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