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New rigid to dynamic stabilisation transition system completes first spinal implant procedures in the USA

Zimmer : 09 January, 2008  (New Product)
The first procedures using the Zimmer DTO Implant have been completed in the USA.
The Zimmer DTO Implant combines the Dynesys Dynamic Stabilization System with the rigid stabilisation of the Optima ZS Spinal System to offer a new segmental solution for treating different stages of spinal degeneration at contiguous levels.

'The introduction of the Zimmer DTO Implant represents an important milestone in our commitment to innovation in the rapidly expanding dynamic stabilization market segment,' said Damien McDonald, president of Zimmer Spine. 'With over 30,000 procedures worldwide, Zimmer Spine will further differentiate our Dynesys product line through continued expansion and enhancements.'

The Zimmer DTO Implant provides surgeons with the flexibility to address varying patient requirements by matching the degree of stabilisation needed for each of multiple levels of spine degeneration. Neurosurgical spine surgeon Reginald Davis, MD from Baltimore, Maryland, and Rick Delamarter, MD, an orthopaedic spine surgeon from Santa Monica, California, performed the first Zimmer DTO patient implantations in the USA.

Zimmer Spine introduced the DTO Implant at the most recent North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting, held in Austin, Texas, USA, and completed a full market release in December 2007. The Zimmer DTO Implant and Optima ZS transition screw are cleared to provide stabilisation and immobilisation to the lumbar and sacral spine as an adjunct to fusion. The Zimmer DTO Implant was cleared for marketing by the FDA in the fourth quarter of 2007.
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