PLAINSBORO, N.J.(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq:IART) today announced the introduction of Integra(R) IPP-ON(R) PIP Fusion System, for fixation of proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint arthrodesis. It is indicated for use in the lesser toes for rigid or semi-rigid hammertoe deformity, revision of failed arthroplasty or arthrodesis, and second toe shortening. The Integra(R) IPP-ON(R) PIP Fusion System has received

510(k) clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and will be featured at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society 2012 Annual Meeting on June 20-23, 2012 in San Diego, California.

"Integra(R) IPP-ON(R) PIP Fusion System offers surgeons a straightforward, one-piece alternative to hammertoe fixation. Unlike some similar products, our device is not temperature sensitive and has no handling or storage requirements. This is an excellent feature, since it is ready for use whenever the surgeon needs it," said Bill Weber, Vice President and General Manager, Integra Extremity Reconstruction. "This system is a valuable addition to our already extensive portfolio of Forefoot Extremity products."

The Integra(R) IPP-ON(R) PIP Fusion System is a one-piece, stainless steel interphalangeal fusion device that is available in two sizes, to accommodate varying patient anatomy. The device is anatomically adaptive by offering both cortical and cancellous fixation.

Hammertoe is a deformity that occurs when there is a shortening of the tendon that controls toe movement. The tendon shortening causes the middle joint of the toe to be bent upward and the most distal joint downward.

The Integra(R) IPP-ON(R) PIP Fusion System is distributed through Integra's Extremity Reconstruction sales organization, which focuses on lower extremity fixation, upper extremity fixation, tendon protection, peripheral nerve repair/protection and wound repair.

Integra LifeSciences, a world leader in medical devices, is dedicated to limiting uncertainty for surgeons, so they can concentrate on providing the best patient care. Integra offers innovative solutions in orthopedics, neurosurgery, spine, reconstructive and general surgery.

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