Zimmer Trabecular Metal Total Ankle Introduced at 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting

Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:30pm EDT

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Innovative New Ankle Replacement Employs a Low Profile Design and Lateral
Surgical Approach
CHICAGO,  March 21, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH; SIX:
ZMH), a global leader in musculoskeletal health, today introduced the  Zimmer
Trabecular Metal  Total Ankle, a complete ankle replacement and instrument
system, at the 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting. 
The  Zimmer Trabecular Metal  Total Ankle is designed to restore alignment,
reduce pain, and preserve the flexion and extension movement of the ankle joint.

"Maintaining harmony with the natural anatomy of the ankle was our central
design concept with the  Zimmer TrabecularMetal  Total Ankle," said  Roberto
Munoz, Vice President and General Manager, Zimmer Extremities.  "This is the
first ankle replacement to bring contemporary advances realized in knee and hip
replacement to total ankle arthroplasty, including advanced bearing materials
and anatomically-matched shapes and sizes."

The  Zimmer Trabecular Metal  Total Ankle consists of a talar component, a
tibial base component, and a modular tibial articular surface, available in six
different sizes to accommodate variations in patient anatomy.  The articulating
surfaces of the implant mimic the truncated conical shape of the ankle joint and
are designed to reproduce natural joint kinematics while providing joint

The  Zimmer Trabecular Metal  Total Ankle is implanted through a lateral
surgical approach, which allows for full visualization of the ankle joint with
more precise implant placement.  The  Zimmer Trabecular Metal  Total Ankle
incorporates a proprietary set of instruments, employing rigid external fixation
of the anatomy to help ensure that alignment is accurately reproduced.

The modular articular surface of the  Zimmer Trabecular Metal  Total Ankle is
manufactured with  Prolong Highly Crosslinked Polyethylene, which has over 10
years of excellent clinical history as a bearing material in total knee
arthroplasty.  Due to the virtual elimination of free radicals,  Prolong 
Polyethylene is designed to resist oxidation and reduce surface wear and
subsurface fatigue.

For more information about the  Zimmer Trabecular Metal  Total Ankle, visit
Zimmer at Booth 529 at the 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual
meeting in  Chicago, or go to  www.zimmer.com.  

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 2012 sales were approximately  $4.5 billion.  The Company
is supported by the efforts of more than 8,500 employees worldwide.

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SOURCE  Zimmer Holdings, Inc.

Garry Clark, +1-574-372-4493, garry.clark@zimmer.com

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