At a lunch symposium at the 64th annual meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC; 26–29 May, Dusseldorf, Germany), in a world premiere, Joimax presented its EndoLIF system for endoscopic stabilisation of the lumbar spine.
According to a company press release, the EndoLIF system comprises an O-cage (oblique cage) and a screw and rod system for posterior percutaneous stabilisation. The press release reported that the advantages of this procedure were:
- Smooth, atraumatic access due to dilation of tissue
- Dura and nerves are protected by the working tubes
- Dorsal bone structures are generally not affected
- O-Cage with osteo-conductive surface providing the optimum substrate for cell growth
- Stabilisation via screw and rod system for percutaneous i.e. minimally invasive positioning.
It stated that the indications for this procedure included the degenerative disease of intervertebral discs, mechanical instabilities and spondylolisthesis grade I and II. CE approval is expected by summer 2013.
The Joimax lunch symposium was chaired by Jürgen Kiwit (Berlin). Guntram Krzok (Friedrichroda) presented the talk “TESSYS and iLESSYS for multiple decompression therapies”. Bernd Illerhaus (Recklinghausen) then drew the line to the EndoLIF technology with an outlook on future therapeutic options. He said: “The EndoLIF system is the next logical step in the evolution of endoscopic access technologies to the spinal canal for gentle and safe minimally invasive implantation of cages with subsequent percutaneous stabilisation.”