joimax Revolutionizes Spine Surgery
The joimax company in Karlsruhe, Germany, is the first company in the medical industry which developed a unique instrumentation for the treatment of spinal canal stenosis. Having this degenerative disease at the spinal column, bony excrescences (osteophytes) narrow the spinal canal and drastically limit the motoric and sensoric function of the affected person.
The so called 360 degree TESSYS Spinal Stenosis System, which has been realized in cooperation with Dr. Rudolf Morgenstern, Barcelona, Spain (Centro Medico de Terapia de la Columna), enables surgeons to completely remove this osseous/bony material under direct endoscopic view through the vertebral foramen. Especially relating to elderly people in industrialised countries, spinal canal stenosis is a frequent growing disease of the spine. So far, affected patients are operated, if possible, with the open microsurgical method under full anaesthesia - however, this causes bigger tissue damage and may result in instability of the spinal column.
"With our new method the patient is under local anaesthetics and via a fingernail-like cut the minimal access to the stenosis is enabled. Surrounding tissue is hardly damaged and thanks to new endoscopic reamers and chisels allowing removal of osteophytes, treated patients can leave the hospital only a few hours after the surgery", explains Dr. Rudolf Morgenstern.
A further product innovation revolutionizing spinal surgery is the so called iLESSYS - interLaminar Endoscopic Surgical System. It enables the fully dorsal endoscopic access to the lamina and to the spinal canal, which in a stenotic patient situation is heavily compressing all structures. "With iLESSYS and together with the TESSYS Stenosis System a full 360 degree spinal canal treatment offering is now made available for tissue, but if indicated, also for bony decompression procedures," summarizes Wolfgang Ries, founder and CEO of the joimax GmbH.