WARSAW, Ind., April 28, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH; SWX: ZMH), a worldwide leader in the orthopaedics industry, today announced the commercialization of the first modular stemmed tibial prosthesis that can be assembled within the patient, making it more conducive to minimally invasive procedures. The NexGen(R) Minimally Invasive Solutions(TM) (MIS(TM)) Tibial Component, which was earlier this year cleared for use in the United States, was designed specifically for use in minimally invasive procedures, although it can also be used in traditional surgical approaches for total knee arthroplasty.
"This important new product reaffirms and strengthens our leadership position within the minimally invasive knee segment," said Ray Elliott, Zimmer Chairman, President and CEO. "This product is an industry first -- total knee components specifically designed to be assembled within the patient in order to further optimize minimally invasive total knee procedures. These new tibial plates add depth and scope to our minimally invasive tibial plate offering. The new implant, in combination with the MIS friendly NexGen 4- pegged Tibial Plate, clearly demonstrates Zimmer's leadership position in minimally invasive total knee instrumentation, surgical technique development and implant design." The design of the NexGen 4-pegged Tibial Plate was based on Zimmer's Miller/Galante Tibial Plate, giving it a 20 year history of clinical success.
Minimally invasive techniques utilize instruments that are specifically designed for the technique; however, the implants used are often the same as those used in a traditional procedure with an open exposure. Zimmer believes that the additional benefits of the new implant design will further facilitate the minimally invasive procedure.
The new implant is designed to be used with all Zimmer MIS Total Knee Procedures and is particularly well suited for use with the Zimmer MIS Quad- Sparing(TM) Total Knee Procedure, a technique designed to avoid the quadriceps tendon and muscles rather than cutting through or manipulating them. The quadriceps mechanism is involved in extending the lower leg at the knee joint. When compared to traditional total knee replacement techniques, the Quad- Sparing Technique is accomplished through a smaller and less conspicuous incision, and produces less tissue trauma. Patients typically require a shorter hospital stay, and experience a faster improvement in range of motion.
One of the design elements that allows the implant to accommodate a smaller exposure is the low profile and length of the keel. The subsequent reduced keel length allows the implant to be inserted into the joint through a smaller opening. After the implant has been fixed in place on the proximal tibia, a stem extension can be dropped down through the plate.
According to Alfred J. Tria, Jr., M.D., a developer of the Quad-Sparing Technique, an orthopaedic surgeon at Saint Peter's University Hospital, and a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, "The MIS stemmed tibial plate will allow us to insert the component within the confines of the small incision for quadriceps-sparing knee replacement with greater ease."
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