General Info: 

Departments of the Group are specialized in endoscopic microdissection, spinal fusion, scoliosis, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, especially in osteoporotic fractures. Also, epidural injections are performed using C-ARM. Areas of Specialization:

  • Anterior and posterior approaches to the Spine over it’s entire length
  • Anterior or posterior osteotomies of the Spine
  • Somatectomy of the spine eg. congenital scoliosis
  • Minimal invasive techniques in special cases (Minimal Intervention Surgery)
  • Thoracoscopic spine release for Spinal deformities
  • Thoracoplasty for correction of a hump
  • Kyphectomy to restore sagittal balance of the Spine
  • Transforaminal endoscopic surgery for treating an intervertebral herniated disc

Athens Medical Center


Papastefanou Sotiris MD, BC, PhD

Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon

  • Orthopedic
  • Spinal Surgeon

European Interbalkan Medical Center


Stylianos Nic. Kapetanakis MD,FRCS,PhD

Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon

  • Priv. Consultant Spine Surgeon

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Pioneering minimally invasive discectomy of the Spine

The innovative, painless and bloodless technique of Transforaminal Discectomy (TESSYS)  for the treatment of an intervertebral herniated disk in the lumbar region of the spine, was presented at a two day training workshop for Greek and foreign Doctors from Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and Austria, at the Interbalkan Medical Center of Thessaloniki.

The Hospital, has been selected as a Reference and Training Center in Southeastern Europe, for the method of minimally invasive transforaminal discectomy by the parent company of endoscopic systems Joimax (Germany) and by Endofusion, it’s affiliate in Greece.

The results of the method were presented for the first time, with live transmission of the surgery which was performed by the certified Orthopaedic, partner of the Interbalkan Medical Center, Dr. Stelios Kapetanakis. During the two day workshop the anatomical and radiological approach of the TESSYS method and issues such as technical and technological support, advantages and disadvantages of the method, physiotherapy treatment, etc. were discussed. Also, Greek and foreign speakers presented their innovations in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery.

As emphasized by Dr. Stelios Kapetanakis, the technique TESSYS has been performed internationally in recent years, with great success. The Interbalkan Medical Center have already treated approximately 100 cases. The operation is performed in the operating theater with an excision of only 8 mm, under local anesthesia and monitored sedation, lasts about 30 minutes, while the patient is ambulant one hour after, and can leave the clinic the same day or the next day.  The surgery can be performed in all age groups, in patients that did not respond previously to conservative treatment methods. “Patients adjusts very quickly to their usual activities, which is very important. It is an economical, innovative, fast, non-invasive and painless method”, said Dr. Kapetanakis.

The work of conference was welcomed by the president of the Medical Association of Thessaloniki, Dr. Athanasios Exadaktylos, stating, among others: “Modern medicine means, doctors of a high standard and equipment of a high standard. Today, the private Health sector is much more efficient, faster and more economical than the public health sector. All the same, the non productive sector of ​​health can become productive.”

The scientific conference was held under the auspices of the Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association of Macedonia - Thrace.