Medical applications of the inventions of Dr. Gary K. Michelson
The METRx MicroDiscectomy System is composed of bayoneted surgical tools with various-sized metal tubes used to create and maintain openings to spinal elements. Fundamental to this system are specially designed metal tubes, called dilators, which progressively increase in diameter size. These dilators are inserted sequentially—smaller to larger—through the muscle to gradually separate, or split, and open the muscle to create an opening large enough for surgical tools to be used. The system’s retractor tubes maintain the opening while the surgeon uses specially designed surgical tools to reach and remove spinal elements that are causing pain.
The Pivox Oblique Lateral Spinal System with Lateral Plate for OLIF25 and Divergence-L Anterior/Oblique Lumbar Fusion System for OLIF51 at the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST). Lumbar interbody fusions aim to stabilize the back by fusing two or more vertebrae with bone grafts or devices. Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF) is a surgical technique that minimizes cutting to muscles and addresses unmet needs seen with traditional lateral approaches by utilizing an oblique-lateral trajectory to access multiple levels of the lumbar spine.