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joimax launches new spinal canal stenosis treatment solution

Joimax : 04 June, 2008  (New Product)
The joimax company in Karlsruhe, Germany, is the first company in the medical industry to develop instrumentation for the treatment of spinal canal stenosis.
Patients that have this degenerative disease of the spinal column exhibit bony excrescences (osteophytes) that narrow the spinal canal and limit the motor and sensor functions of the affected person.

The 360 degree TESSYS Spinal Stenosis System, which has been realised in cooperation with Dr Rudolf Morgenstern, Barcelona, Spain (Centro Medico de Terapia de la Columna), enables surgeons to completely remove the osseous/bony material under direct endoscopic view through the vertebral foramen. Spinal canal stenosis is a disease of the spine that affects elderly people in industrialised countries. Currently patients are operated on with an 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', explained Dr Rudolf Morgenstern.

A further product innovation revolutionising spinal surgery is the iLESSYS - interLaminar Endoscopic Surgical System. The system 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,' summarised Wolfgang Ries, founder and chief executive officer of the joimax.

Both new instruments are based on the TESSYS - Transforaminal Endoscopic Surgical System, an operation technique and method which is used worldwide for the removal of lumbar disc herniations.
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