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Zimmer Spine launches Optio-C anterior cervical system in US

Zimmer Spine, a medical device company, has announced the US launch of its Optio-C anterior cervical system, a next generation, modular stand-alone cervical device.

The Optio-C anterior cervical system offers the strength, stability and fusion potential of a traditional anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).

Zimmer Spine’s Optio-C anterior cervical system features one PEEK IBF spacer, one anterior cervical plate, and three bone screws. Secured by an anti-migration system, the device offers secure fixation with no profile.

The anti-migration system is designed to maximize fusion with a unique load-sharing interface and multiple implant footprints. As the device has no profile, soft tissue irritation is reduced for less invasive ACDF procedures. In addition it eliminates the need for additional plating when addressing adjacent level disease.

Zimmer Spine president Steve Healy noted that with plate strength equivalent to a traditional cervical plate, stability through a three-screw fixation design, and fusion delivered by a spacer featuring a load-sharing interface, the Optio-C System takes cervical stand-alone devices to the next level.

"This internally developed device is an important platform for future product development," Healy added.

The company will showcase the Optio-C System at the American Association for Neurological Surgeons meeting being held from 5 April to 9 April 2014 in San Francisco.