First Dynesys Hydroxyapatite-Coated Screws from Zimmer Spine Implanted in
the United States and Europe
(WARSAW, IN) September 25, 2006—Zimmer
Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SWX: ZMH), a leader in the orthopaedics industry,
announced today that the first
Dynesys® Dynamic Stabilization System cases using hydroxyapatite
(HA)-coated screws have been completed in both the United States and Europe.
The Dynesys system is intended to provide stabilization of spinal
segments as an adjunct to fusion. The Dynesys system is the
first pedicle screw based Dynamic Stabilization system, using polymer based
materials, to incorporate an HA-coated screw option.
Zimmer Spine expects to complete a full release of product in the U.S. and
Europe by the end of September and plans to highlight the availability of
the HA-coated screw option at the upcoming North American Spine Society
(NASS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) meetings in Seattle and
“The Dynesys system
has already been a great success for us and provides us with a key component
of our growing Spine franchise,” said Ray
Elliott, Zimmer Holdings Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We will continue to provide enhancements to our spine products, such
as HA and Zimmer-exclusive Trabecular Metal™ Technology, to further
differentiate ourselves in this important market.”
Dr. Hyun Bae, M.D., orthopaedic
spine surgeon at Saint John’s Health Center
in Santa Monica, CA and Dr. Christiane Spreuwers, orthopaedic spine surgeon
at A.Z. Jan Portaels, Vilvoorde, Belgium were the first implanting surgeons
in the U.S. and Europe, respectively. According to Dr. Bae, "The
Dynesys HA-coated screw offers me a new option for my dynamic
stabilization patients who would benefit from improved early screw fixation."
HA is a naturally occurring mineral
and a major component of bone and teeth. HA is a well established material and has been widely used in various
orthopaedic and spinal applications, including orthopedic bone screws and
bone void fillers. Characteristics of HA coating include accelerated
bone on-growth during the early postoperative period for an enhanced screw-bone
With the Dynesys system, Zimmer Spine is a global leader in Dynamic
Stabilization. Having completed over 25,000 cases globally, including
over 4,000 in the U.S., Zimmer Spine is committed to continually innovating
expanding its Dynesys product portfolio.
About the Company
Founded in 1927 and headquartered
in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer is the worldwide #1 pure-play orthopaedic leader
in designing, developing,
manufacturing and marketing reconstructive and spinal implants, trauma and
related orthopaedic surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than
24 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100
countries. Zimmer’s 2005 sales were approximately $3.3 billion. The
Company is supported by the efforts of more than 6,700 employees worldwide.
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