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Tornier to Highlight Products and Education Programs at American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Meeting

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 5:13am
AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tornier N.V., a global medical device company focused on providing surgical solutions to orthopaedic extremity specialists, today announced it will highlight a range of products and patient education programs at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting ("AAOS") being held February 8-12 in San Francisco, CA. The highlighted products and education programs represent each of Torniers extremity categories including upper Extremity, lower extremity, and sports medicine and biologics.

Doug Kohrs, President and CEO of Tornier, commented, "At this years AAOS, we are proud to be highlighting products and patient education programs that evidence Torniers commitment to its orthopaedic specialist customers and the unmet clinical needs of their patients. We are especially excited about the five new sports medicine and biologics product introductions that we believe represent a major step toward Torniers goal to be a market leader."

The products and programs to be highlighted at the AAOS include new products, recently launched or enhanced product lines, and new patient education programs as follows:

The Aequalis™ Ascend™ Shoulder, launched last year, is Torniers pioneering minimally invasive shoulder joint replacement system featuring an innovative stem that has been designed to minimize bone loss and provide an anatomic fit. The Ascend Shoulder platform is early in its product cycle with several important market expanding product opportunities already being evaluated.

The Latitude® II Total Elbow System, in limited release in the U.S., offers procedure simplifying instrumentation and new device sizes to expand the clinical utility for revisions and fracture surgery. The Latitude Elbow has been a leader in the elbow joint replacement market based on its ability to restore the natural kinematics of the elbow.

The RFS™ Cannulated Screw System, in limited release in the U.S., is a new delivery system for the Companys RFS (Resorbable Fixation System) line for the repair of fractures and other bone disorders of the foot. The new cannulated version provides surgeons an option to deploy the RFS screw using a guide wire for improved precision and simplified delivery. The RFS material technology features auto-compression that causes the screw to contract in length while expanding in diameter in hydrolytic conditions, providing sustained compression during bone healing.

The Insite™ FT Anchor Family, in full release in the U.S., is Torniers next generation of screw-in suture anchors for the repair of rotator cuff injuries. The new Insite FT product line features the patented Easy Glide™ independent suture eyelets that reduce suture friction, and a fully threaded body to enhance bone fixation. The product family includes both titanium and PEEK anchors, and will complement Torniers innovative Piton™ bone anchor product line.

The Duo™ Soft Tissue Fixation System, in limited release in the U.S., is worlds first convertible soft-tissue anchor that can be used in either a tied or knotless fashion for shoulder instability repair, rotator cuff repair, and other soft tissue applications. The Duo features Torniers patented Cinch™ knotless technology that enables surgeons to adjust the suture tension even after the insertion device is removed.

The ArthroPass™ Suture Passer, in limited release in the U.S., is a full-featured suture passer that can be used in nearly every rotator cuff case. The ArthroPass was developed based on extensive surgeon feedback to provide ideal ergonomics while providing the necessary features of ratcheting jaws, efficient tissue grasping, and consistent and reliable suture passing.

The SoloStitch™ Graft Preparation Kit, in limited release in the U.S., is a unique system of templates and tools specifically designed to assist the surgeon in preparing the Conexa™ Reconstructive Tissue Matrix for arthroscopic application in rotator cuff surgery. The SoloStitch kit represents the next evolution of arthroscopic graft placement surgical techniques developed in a multi-year collaboration with a core team of sports medicine surgeons.

The QuickCell™ Platelet Concentrate System, in limited release in the U.S., is a revolutionary system for preparing concentrated platelets from the patients own blood. The QuickCell system is fully disposable and eliminates the need for a centrifuge at the point of care. This new filter-based technology is designed to be simpler to use, require less processing time, and yield a higher quality platelet concentrate than traditional centrifuge based systems.

The LIFT™ and STRIDE™ Patient Education Programs have been developed by Tornier to increase public awareness of treatment options for chronic shoulder and ankle pain. The LIFT™ and STRIDE™ programs, for shoulder and ankle solutions respectively, include a full complement of educational tools for surgeons to provide their patients. The full range of information is available at www.liftmyarm.com and www.tornierankle.com. Patients can find information including the causes of their condition, treatment options, the surgical procedure, recovery, rehabilitation, and expected outcomes.

About Tornier

Tornier is a global medical device company focused on serving extremities specialists who treat orthopaedic conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, ankle and foot. The companys broad offering of approximately 90 product lines includes joint replacement, trauma, sports medicine, and biologic products to treat the extremities, as well as joint replacement products for the hip and knee in certain international markets. Since its founding approximately 70 years ago, Torniers "Specialists Serving Specialists" philosophy has fostered a tradition of innovation, intense focus on surgeon education, and commitment to advancement of orthopaedic technology stemming from its close collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons and thought leaders throughout the world. For more information regarding Tornier, visit www.tornier.com.

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