Zimmer Introduces the Maxera(TM) Cup for More Active PatientsBy Zimmer Holdings Inc., PRNE
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 1, 2011 -
- Large Diameter, Ceramic-on-Ceramic Hip Solution Provides Increased
Range of Motion and Stability
Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZMH), a global leader in
musculoskeletal care, today introduced the Maxera Cup, a new hip solution
designed for younger and more active patients. The Maxera Cup features a
large diameter femoral head that provides an increased range of motion and
enhanced stability. The full hemispherical design of the new cup provides
stable fixation. The Maxera Cup incorporates BIOLOX(R) * delta Ceramic
Technology which provides low wear, high fracture resistance and excellent
bio-compatibility, making the cup an appropriate choice for the treatment of
younger and more active patients.
The Maxera Cup is offered with BIOLOX delta and BIOLOX OPTION Large
Diameter Heads (with sizes of 32mm up to 48mm). Large diameter heads offer a
high degree of stability due to the increased displacement distance and allow
a greater technical range of motion compared to conventional small diameter
(28mm) articulation. This results in improved functionality and stability,
along with a reduced risk of dislocation [1-6]. A recent clinical study
demonstrates that there is a significant decrease in impingement,
subluxation, and dislocations for 36mm ceramic-on-ceramic coupling (0.88%)
when compared to 28mm femoral heads (4.64%) in total hip replacement .
Optimized Articulation Technology
The Maxera Cup is a ceramic-on-ceramic system based on the BIOLOX delta
Alumina Matrix Composite, offering low wear, excellent biocompatibility and
toughness as well as chemical and hydrothermal stability . The BIOLOX
delta Ceramic Surface has also been proven to reduce friction and lower wear,
while its favourable wetting characteristics contribute to better lubrication
[8, 9]. A ceramic-on-ceramic system forms an appropriate alternative to
metal-on-metal articulation for patients who may be sensitive to specific
metal ions and/or metal wear .
Besides its excellent biocompatibility, increased stability, and
increased range of motion, the Maxera Cup is characterized by stable
fixation. Its 180 degree full hemispherical design is appointed with three
sets of paired anti-rotation fins that ensure additional rotational stability
. The cup provides a familiar surgical technique for orthopaedic surgeons
who can choose the desired press-fit based on patients' bone quality using
Maxera Cup instrumentation.
The Maxera Cup is not available for commercial distribution in the United
States. For more information about the advantages of the Maxera Cup please
* BIOLOX(R) delta Ceramic is a trademark of CeramTec AG
About the Company
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 2010 sales were approximately $4.2 billion.
The Company is supported by the efforts of more than 8,000 employees
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Media, Garry R. Clark, +1-574-372-4493, garry.clark at zimmer.com, Investors, Robert J. Marshall Jr., +1-574-371-8042, robert.marshall. at zimmer.com
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