Symmetry Surgical Unveils Next Generation Bookwalter(R) Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet

Symmetry Surgical Unveils Next Generation Bookwalter(R) Self-Retaining Rotilt
Ratchet

Combines Best Features of Past Generations Into a Single Light-Weight and
Low-Profile Design

WARSAW, Ind., March 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Symmetry Medical Inc.
(NYSE:SMA), a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions,
including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases
and trays, announced today that its subsidiary, Symmetry Surgical, is
unveiling the newest component in its industry-leading Bookwalter portfolio,
the Bookwalter Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet, at the 60^th Congress of the
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) in San Diego.

The Bookwalter Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet combines the best features of
past generations into a single ratchet that provides multiple configurations
and reliable retraction in any position. Built through collaboration with
surgeons and operating room professionals, the new low-profile ratchet
features locking tilt and locking rotation and is compatible with all legacy
Bookwalter Retractor System components.

Dr. John Bookwalter, surgeon inventor of the Bookwalter Retractor System,
said, "By combining rotation, tilt and self-retraction into a single ratchet,
we've created a device that more closely mimics the natural toe-in motion of
handheld retractors while retaining the benefits of table-mounted ring
retractors. The Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet is the product of three decades
of innovation and continuous improvement."

"Symmetry Surgical is dedicated to collaborating with our customers and
responding to surgeon and clinician needs with new innovations," said Chris
Huntington, Chief Operating Officer, Symmetry Surgical. "Our customers
appreciated the features available with past generations of Bookwalter
ratchets. By combining the best elements of our legacy ratchets into the new
Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet, we're providing greater value in the surgical
market and helping clinicians deliver exceptional patient care."

Symmetry Surgical will provide hands-on demonstrations of the Bookwalter
Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet at the AORN meeting in the Company's Booth
#3217.

About Symmetry Surgical

Symmetry Surgical is dedicated to developing quality surgical instruments that
meet the needs of clinicians and help improve the lives of patients. Our
portfolio brings together the product lines of Specialty Surgical
Instrumentation (SSi), Olsen Medical and the recently acquired surgical
instruments divisionCodman & Shurtleff, Inc.Our well-known brands include
BOOKWALTER®, GREENBERG™, RILEY™, OLSEN™, ULTRA™, QUAD-LOCK™, FLASHPAK™,
RAPIDCLEAN®, OPTI-LENGTH®, CLASSIC® and CLASSIC PLUS®.Headquartered
inNashville, Symmetry Surgical is a wholly owned subsidiary ofSymmetry
Medical Inc(NYSE:SMA).

AboutSymmetry Medical Inc.

Symmetry Medical Inc.is a leading global source of innovative medical device
solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and
sterilization cases and trays. The Company's thousands of Teammates provide
design, development and worldwide production capabilities for these products
to customers in the orthopedic industry, other medical device markets, and
specialized non-healthcare markets. Symmetry's trusted reputation and brands,
broad Intellectual Property portfolio and commitment to innovation enable it
to collaborate with hundreds of global medical device manufacturers as well as
thousands of hospitals to provide solutions for today's needs and tomorrow's
growth.

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