Last weekend (April 29, 2016), I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the JOIMAX Senior Faculty Meeting. This meeting is made up of renowned surgeons from all over the world, many of whom I hadn’t seen since the last Senior Faculty meeting over 5 years ago. This was a special weekend of excitement where JOIMAX introduced new advanced endoscopic surgical equipment that allows treatment of spinal stenosis, spondylolithesis and instability.
When I started with the JOIMAX system in 2010, I was wondering what type of patients and diseases I could treat. Initially, I was treating disk herniations (slipped disks) which caused back pain and sciatica (leg pain). Endoscopic surgery was a very exciting advancement for me and my patients.
We reviewed my initial patients when treated for disk herniations and reported this in the Journal of Spine in 2013. We found that endoscopic surgery was as effective as traditional surgery but was associated with significant reduction in length of hospital stay, operating time, estimated blood loss and potentially postoperative infections when compared to open techniques.
I now treat many spinal diseases and pathologies including complex disk herniations, spinal stenosis, facet arthropathy, synovial cysts, infections, radial tear, spondylolithesis and instability.
Carl Spivak, MD is a neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery. He is senior faculty member for JOIMAX and has taught over 25 courses to surgeons throughout the United States. He is president of Executive Spine Surgery, PC located in Hackettstown, NJ at Hackettsown Medical Center, which is part of the Atlantic Health Network.