Michelson Technology at Work

Zimmer Biomet products which incorporate technology developed by Gary K. Michelson, M.D. include:

  • inViZia® Anterior Cervical Plate System
  • MaxAn® Anterior Cervical Plate System
  • Trinica® Select Anterior Cervical Plate System

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 disks.

Dr. Michelson has proven to be the most prolific and substantive inventor in spinal surgery with over 900 issued or pending patents in the United States and throughout the world. His inventions have made the surgeon’s job easier and substantially lessened the burdens on the patient.

Procedures incorporating the Michelson inventions have been associated with smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, shortened surgical times, less discomfort, quicker rehabilitation, improved results, and decreased cost overall.


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