News | June 02, 2008

German Made Endoscopic Innovations Designed to Treat Spinal Canal Stenosis

June 3, 2008 - The joimax company in Karlsruhe, Germany, is reportedly the first company to have developed specialized instrumentations 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 360 degree TESSYS Spinal Stenosis System, created in cooperation with Rudolf Morgenstern, M.D., Barcelona, Spain (Centro Medico de Terapia de la Columna), reportedly enables surgeons to completely remove this osseous/bony material under direct endoscopic view through the vertebral foramen. Especially relating to elderly people in industrialized 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 anesthesia - however, this causes bigger tissue damage and may result in instability of the spinal column.

“With our new method the patient is under local anesthetics and via a fingernail-like cut the minimal access to the stenosis is enabled,” said Dr. Morgenstern. “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.”

Another product innovation revolutionizing spinal surgery is the iLESSYS or interLaminar Endoscopic Surgical System. This 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.

For more information: www.joimax.com

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