Zimmer Introduces V2F™ Anterior Fixation System for the Treatment of Spinal Tumor and Trauma Pathology

System Incorporates Unique Locking-Cap Technology, Providing Greater Flexibility in Screw Placement to Better Match Patient Anatomy

Jan 21, 2013, 16:30 ET from Zimmer Holdings, Inc.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH; SIX: ZMH), a global leader in musculoskeletal health, today introduced the Zimmer V2F Anterior Fixation System, a new implant system for the treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures, tumors, disc degeneration and other pathologies of the anterior spine.  The system represents Zimmer's first lateral plate system for the spinal trauma segment.

The V2F System consists of a wide range of plates and screws designed to better match the varying anatomy of the thoracolumbar spine.  Leveraging a proprietary technology developed by Zimmer's Trauma business, the V2F System incorporates variable-to-fixed locking cap technology, which enables surgeons to place screws at variable angles and to lock screw trajectory to the plate rigidly, or semi-constrained.  This flexibility to place screws with variability of up to 15 degrees in any direction allows surgeons to avoid critical anatomical structures and better fit the existing anatomical structure.

"Tumor and trauma pathology of the spine can result in complex anatomical challenges for surgeons," said Steve Healy, President of Zimmer Spine.  "By incorporating novel variable-to-fixed screw and cap technology, the Zimmer V2F Anterior Fixation System offers surgeons greater flexibility to address the unique anatomy of every patient through variable screw and plate placement and fixation."

Designed to facilitate efficiency without compromising control or strength, the Zimmer V2F Anterior Fixation System features All-Through-One Instrumentation to guide efficient screw placement and 6mm and 7mm dual-lead screws to provide enhanced insertion speed and bone screw fixation. 

About Zimmer Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related surgical products.  Zimmer has operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100 countries.  Zimmer's 2011 sales were approximately $4.5 billion.  The Company is supported by the efforts of more than 8,500 employees worldwide.  For more information, please visit our website at www.zimmer.com.

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SOURCE Zimmer Holdings, Inc.