What medical spine experts think of Dr. Gary Michelson's patents, not much
In my journeys I came across some interesting information. I saved the files to CD.
Surgeons and others have doubted that his patents were actually that valuable. From an expert,
"Yet some surgeons question the usefulness of Dr. Michelson's inventions, a skepticism fed in part by the fact he rarely has been a major speaker at national medical meetings and isn't well-known nationally as a surgeon. "I'm not certain there is any one idea in medicine that's worth a billion dollars," said Stephen Ondra, director of spine surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. After hearing a description of the newer Michelson devices, Dr. Ondra said: "These are all fine ideas, but they're not very novel. These are all evolutionary steps on well-known devices."
Here are two of his patents mentioned in the link article below.
"This metal 'cage' invented by Gary Michelson is used to fuse vertebrae during back surgery. Its sharp points retract during installation and then extend."
"One set of Dr. Michelson's inventions allows a surgeon to slide a device through a 14-millimeter-diameter tube; the device's end then expands to be 18 millimeters after installation to fit the space properly between the vertebrae."
That sounds like a regular toggle bolt, molly bolt or expansion bolt. I've used these things since I was a kid to attach things to the ceiling or wall. I'm sure they existed and were patented before I was born. Because he is using an expansion bolt into someone's spine makes it patentable?
In the article Dr. Gary Michelson states "These are fail-safe designs," he says in an interview. "I've anticipated everything that somebody could do wrong, and I won't let them do it," he adds, growing more animated as he describes the intricate engineering features."
Then why has he been sued multiple times for medical malpractice? They've also sued the company that bought his patents. In his response he claims because FDA approved the product, he can't be liable.
All I know is when I get back surgery I will specifically ask what device they will be putting in my spine to fuse my vertebrae. I don't want a Michelson expansion bolt in my back. He's so cocky stating that it's fail proof when his devices have failed.
I just pulled up Dr. Gary Michelson's paper clip patent. Here's an article about it.
I looked at the design and how Gary described it. Gary Michelson states his design is superior to the original made in 1899. He states his clip holds the paper more strongly, can hold more paper, won't pop off hitting you in the eye and won't gouge the paper with its ends. As I look at it I don't agree. There are clearly ends that can gouge. There is a clip on the market now that fixes the gouge problem by looping back. I think the butterfly clip is even much better than this. That also makes it stronger. The only clip I think that's truly better than the original 1899 clip is the binder clip. I use those with my legal filings besides binding them.
I have a feeling that Gary may have made a lot of patents that are just worthless pieces of paper like this one. The article details the flaws. I don't think anyone has made his clip or is selling it now. Probably a big waste of money to even apply for it.
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