At the 4th World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques (11–14 June; Paris, France), Joimax presented its latest development – the EndoLIF system for endoscopic stabilisation of the lumbar spine. Aside from fully endoscopic access via the proven TESSYS and iLESSYS methods, the EndoLIF system contains an O-Cage for oblique interbody fusion. In addition, Joimax presented its new Percusys system – a posterior, percutaneous screw and rod system.
According to the company, the advantages of these products and procedures are:
- Smooth, atraumatic access due to gentle dilation of tissue
- Dura and nerves are protected by the working tubes
- Dorsal bone structures are generally not affected and remain intact
- O-Cage with an osteo-conductive surface provides the optimum substrate for cellular growth
- Posterior, percutaneous stabilisation via the minimally invasive screw and rod system
Both of these systems are CE marked and FDA clearance is in progress.
During an award ceremony at the 4th World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques two TESSYS pioneers were awarded with the “Parviz Kambin Honorary Award”. The first award was presented to Florian Maria Alfen of Würzburg, Germany, who bought the very first TESSYS system in 2004 and has successfully operated on more than 2,500 patients. As a member of the joimax Faculty Team, Alfen has trained a large number of surgeons. The second award winner is Daniel Laich of Chicago, USA. He is the very first TESSYS user in the USA and has been a faculty member since 2009. Since 2013, he has also been operating as a scientific advisor for the company.
Since 2004, more than 100,000 patients in 30 countries have been surgically treated with the TESSYS method and its subsequent surgical developments. Follow-up studies show a significantly shorter recovery time, faster return to work and normal activities with improved quality of life and ultimately, lower costs to the social system.