Ilkka Helenius
MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Professor, Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Department of Clinical Medicine)
Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics and Traumatology
ilkka.helenius@utu.fi







Areas of expertise
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery; Scoliosis; Spine Surgery; Musculoskeletal tumors; Trauma surgery

Biography

Professor Ilkka Helenius, MD, is the chief of pediatric orthopaedics and traumatology at Turku University Hospital in Turku. He is the first professor of pediatric orthopedics and traumatology in Finland. He leads the multicenter studies of the Finnish Pediatric Orthopedic Study Group which focuses on scoliosis surgery, musculoskeletal tumors, and treatment of pediatric fractures. Professor Helenius has pioneered new techniques for scoliosis surgery in Finland and Nordic Countries such as pedicle screw technique, magnetically controlled growing rods, and tethering for idiopathic scoliosis. His research has lead to improved practices in blood loss control during in scoliosis surgery. Professor Helenius has  frequently been invited speaker and to perform early onset scoliosis surgery in the Northern Europe. In 2017, he worked as a visiting professor and consultant orthopaedic spine surgeon at the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet, Denmark.  



Research
Professor Helenius started his orthopaedic research career at Orton Orthopaedic Hospital, in Helsinki, Finland in 1999. He worked as a research fellow at the Pediatric Spine Study Group lead by Professor Dietrich Schlenzka. His clinical and research career continued at the Helsinki Children's Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Orthopedics between 2002 and 2009. During this time Professor Helenius focused on e.g. orthopedic complications in children receiving solid organ transplantation. His research showed that risk of fractures in this patient population is significant and this resulted into systematic medical treatment. In 2007 he established the Finnish Paediatric Orthopaedic Study Group and has been the Leader since then. Currently, the study group is investigating blood saving protocols and postoperative pain management in scoliosis surgery (randomized clinical trials). The scientific activity of Professor Helenius has resulted into over 100 original scientific articles, several supervised PhDs, and improved care practices in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Teaching

Professor Helenius is the academic chairman of Pediatric Surgery and and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Turku. His is responsible for teaching of pediatric surgery and pediatric orthopedics for medical and specialist training of pediatric surgery at University of Turku.



Publications
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Back Pain and Outcomes of Pregnancy After Instrumented Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (2019)
World Neurosurgery
Grabala P., Helenius I., Buchowski J., Larson A., Shah S.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Comparison of Circular and Sagittal Reinforced Rod Options on Sagittal Balance Restoration in Adolescents Undergoing Pedicle Screw Instrumentation for Idiopathic Scoliosis (2019)
World Neurosurgery
Lastikka M., Oksanen H., Helenius L., Pajulo O., Helenius I.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Complex spine deformities in young patients with severe osteogenesis imperfecta: current concepts review (2019)
Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
Castelein RM, Hasler C, Helenius I, Ovadia D, Yazici M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Hospital Care and Surgical Treatment of Children with Congenital Upper Limb Defects (2019)
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
Koskimies-Virta E., Helenius I., Pakkasjärvi N., Nietosvaara Y.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Paediatric supracondylar humeral fractures: the effect of the surgical specialty on the outcomes (2019)
Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
Saarinen AJ, Helenius I
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Clinical Presentation and Physical Examination of Children with Cervical Spine Disorders (2018) The Management of Disorders of the Child’s Cervical Spine William C. Warner, Ilkka Helenius
(
B2 Book chapter)

Ewingin sarkooman diagnostiikka ja hoito (2018)
Duodecim
Serlo J, Helenius I, Vettenranta K, Böhling T, Aro H, Jääskeläinen A, Tarkkanen M
(
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Gastrointestinal Complications After Surgical Correction of Neuromuscular Scoliosis: A Retrospective Cohort Study (2018)
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
Jalanko T, Helenius I, Pakarinen M, Koivusalo A
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Hospital Admissions and Surgical Treatment of Children With Lower-Limb Deficiency In Finland (2018)
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
Syvänen J, Helenius I, Koskimies-Virta E, Ritvanen A, Hurme S, Nietosvaara Y
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Outcomes of growing rod surgery for severe compared with moderate early-onset scoliosis: A matched comparative study (2018)
Bone and Joint Journal
I. J. Helenius, H. M. Oksanen, A. McClung, J. B. Pawelek, M. Yazici, P. D. Sponseller, J. B. Emans, F. J. Sánchez Pérez-Grueso, G. H. Thompson, C. Johnston, S. A. Shah, B. A. Akbarnia
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Posterior Spinal Fusion Extended to Stable Vertebra Provides Similar Outcome in Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients Compared with Adolescents with Fusion to the Touched Vertebra (2018)
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
H. Oksanen, M. Lastikka, L. Helenius, O. Pajulo, I. Helenius
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Postoperative urinary retention or difficulties to empty the bladder in young patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (2018)
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Heli Keskinen, Linda Helenius, Olli Pajulo, Ilkka Helenius
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Surgical and Health-related Quality-of-Life Outcomes of Growing Rod "Graduates" With Severe versus Moderate Early-onset Scoliosis (2018)
Spine
Helenius Ilkka J., Sponseller Paul D., McClung Anna, Pawelek Jeff B., Yazici Muharrem, Emans John B., Thompson George H., Johnston Charles E., Shah Suken A., Akbarnia Behrooz A.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Treatment of Aneurysmal Bone Cysts with Bioactive Glass in Children (2018)
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
J.Syvänen, Y.Nietosvaara, I.Kohonen, E.Koskimies, M.Haara,J. Korhonen, O. Pajulo, I. Helenius
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Treatment strategies for early-onset scoliosis (2018) Helenius I.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Delayed Dural Leak Following Posterior Spinal Fusion for Idiopathic Scoliosis Using All Posterior Pedicle Screw Technique (2017)
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B
Lorena V Floccari, A.Noelle Larson, Anthony A Stans, Jeremy Fogelson, Ilkka Helenius
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Implant Complications After Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods for Early Onset Scoliosis: A Multicenter Retrospective Review (2017)
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Choi E, Yaszay B, Mundis G, Hosseini P, Pawelek J, Alanay A, Berk H, Cheung K, Demirkiran G, Ferguson J, Greggi T, Helenius I, La Rosa G, Senkoylu A, Akbarnia BA
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Instrumented cervical spinal fusions in children: indications and outcomes (2017)
Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
M Lastikka, J Aarnio, I Helenius
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Unplanned Reoperations in Magnetically Controlled Growing Rod Surgery for Early Onset Scoliosis With a Minimum of Two-Year Follow-Up (2017)
Spine Journal
Kwan KYH, Alanay A, Yazici M, Demirkiran G, Helenius I, Nnadi C, Ferguson J, Akbarnia BA, Cheung JPY, Cheung KMC.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-26-08 at 02:19