The Center for Spine and Orthopedics is proud to announce that Dr. Janssen will be featured as a contributing author to new book to be released in late summer of 2015, Trick and Trades of Spine Surgery. In fact, Chapter 60 — Lumbosacral Interbody Fibular Strut Placement for High-grade Spondylolisthesis: Anterior Speed’s Procedure and Posterior Procedure was written by Dr. Michael E. Janssen and Haitham H. Shareef. Check out a small excerpt from this chapter below.
Placement of an interbody fibular strut graft through the sacrum and L5 vertebral body for high grade lumbosacral spondylolisthesis.
Placement of the strut graft fulfills the following goals in the surgical treatment of high grade spondylolisthesis: immediate structural support and stability, solid bony interface for fusion and a graft placed under compression.
This procedure may be ideal for revision surgeries where the posterolateral graft bed is poor, or in the setting of a previously anterior bony strut graft procedure. The posterior placement of the graft requires a large decompression of the neural elements, which is advantageous in patients with neurologic complaints. Spinal fusion usually occurs within 3 to 6 months.
Dr. Janssen is Board-Certified by the American Board of Othopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Spine Surgeons. He received his medical education at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri. His internship and residency were completed at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed a spine fellowship at Lakewood Orthopaedic Clinic and in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Dr. Janssen is a clinical associate professor at the University of Colorado.