Anterior Telescoping Fixation System (TeleFix)
TeleFix is a preassembled implant system for the anterior stabilization of the thoracolumbar spine, eg, after partial or complete vertebrectomies. It can be used in combination with a bone graft or vertebral body replacement.
TeleFix combines the benefits of plates and rods in a minimally invasive and/or endoscopic approach. The telescopic mechanism allows simple length adjustment and in-situ compression/distraction. A low profile helps preserve soft tissues. Polyaxial spherical implants bushings permit an angulation of 15 to tailor screw insertion to the individual anatomical situation. Self-locking screws enable angular stable anchorage.
TeleFix can be used from T8 to L5 in
- fractures and posttraumatic kyphoses that can be adequately reduced and secured from anterior,
- tumours, and infections. TeleFix is available in a monosegmental and a bisegmental version with different screw spacings.
Specific anterior and posterior screws, self-tapping and cannulated, have been designed with a 7.0 mm diameter and lengths of 25 60 mm. A radiolucent aiming device has been developed for the insertion of K-wires.
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