Sulzer Spine-Tech Receives FDA-approval for the BP/Lordotic

                       Interbody Fusion Device  
  MINNEAPOLIS, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sulzer Spine-Tech, a 
subsidiary of Sulzer Medica Ltd. (NYSE: SM; Swiss Stock Market: SMEN), based 
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA) approval to begin marketing the BP/Lordotic Interbody Fusion Device for 
use in anterior lumbar fusions.  The BP/Lordotic device expands Spine-Tech's 
offering for the $180 million dollar anterior fusion market.  
"The BP/Lordotic cage is the only titanium threaded cage on the market 
today that offers surgeons a completely lordotic system.  Each instrument in 
the BP/Lordotic system helps maintain lordosis from distraction to cage 
placement," said Mike McCormick, Executive Vice President and General Manager 
of Sulzer Spine-Tech.  McCormick went on to say, "the spine is naturally 
curved or lordotic and it is important to maintain lordosis to ensure the best 
patient outcome.  Spine-Tech has been known for its innovation with interbody 
devices, the BP/Lordotic System brings that innovation to the instruments as 
well."  
Lumbar fusions are a common treatment for disabling low back and leg pain 
stemming from degenerative disc diseases.  The BP/Lordotic fusion system 
encompasses an 8 (lordotic angle in all instruments and implants to help 
restore lumbar lordosis.  
Since its inception in 1991, Sulzer Spine-Tech has focused on designing 
and manufacturing comprehensive spine care solutions to improve patients' 
quality of life.  
Sulzer Medica's subsidiary companies develop, produce, and distribute 
medical implants and biological materials for cardiovascular and orthopedic 
markets worldwide.  The product array includes artificial joints, dental 
implants, spinal implants and instrumentation, trauma products, heart valves, 
synthetic blood vessels and stents for vascular and non-vascular obstructions. 
(Swiss Stock Market symbol: SMEN, New York Stock Exchange symbol: SM).  


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