October 12, 2006 11:36 ET

ORLive Presents: Zimmer® Gender Solutions™ High-Flex Knee Replacement, the First Knee Replacement Shaped to Fit a Woman's Anatomy

Live Webcast: Rush University Medical Center: October 16, 2006 at 5:00 PM CDT (22:00 UTC)

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 12, 2006 -- On Monday, October 16, at 5:00 p.m., Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL will broadcast a live Total Knee Replacement procedure featuring the Zimmer Gender Solutions High-Flex Knee, the first knee replacement shaped to fit a woman's anatomy on

The procedure uses a Zimmer MIS™ sub-vastus approach and requires an incision of only 9 to 14 cm, compared with 20 to 30 cm used in a standard knee replacement arthroplasty. Among the goals of this minimally invasive technique are shorter hospital stays, lower blood loss, faster rehabilitation and a more cosmetically appealing surgical scar.

Knee replacements have long been available in many sizes, but merely using a different size for women doesn't resolve anatomical differences. Various studies show that women's knees significantly differ in shape from men's knees. Pioneering research conducted for Zimmer precisely maps out those differences and is the foundation for the design and development of the Gender Solutions Knee.

When placing traditional implants, some surgeons accommodate women's differences by removing more bone or repositioning the implant during surgery, but their ability to make the implant precisely conform to the patient is limited. The Gender Solutions High-Flex Implant was designed so the surgeon can more closely match the female patient's knee anatomy.

Richard A. Berger, MD, Assistant Professor, Rush University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, will perform the surgery. The webcast will be moderated by Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD, FACS, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthritis and Orthopaedic Institute, Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Questions from both surgeons and the general public can be sent in via email during the broadcast.

Nearly two-thirds of the more than 400,000 annual knee replacement patients are women, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and the numbers continue to increase each year. Research shows that while both women and men vastly underuse knee replacement, women are three times less likely than men to undergo the procedure, although they suffer from more knee pain and resulting disability.

The Gender Solutions High-Flex Knee, the first of several gender innovations to come from Zimmer, is based on the company's more than 20 years of clinical success with total knee implants. Further, it can be placed using Zimmer Minimally Invasive Solutions™ (MIS) Procedures, which typically offer smaller scars, shorter hospitalization and quicker rehabilitation and recovery; and safely accommodates high flexion (up to 155 degrees), which is necessary for many activities, such as climbing stairs, sitting in a chair, gardening and golfing.

The knee joint is composed of three bones: the end of the femur (thighbone), the top of the tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap), which are all held together by tendons and ligaments and cushioned by cartilage. Knees can become painful, due to arthritis, injury and infection, which cause deterioration of the cartilage. When the cartilage is gone, the bones of the knee grind against each other, wearing away and typically causing severe pain. Total knee replacement involves removing the portion of bone that is damaged and resurfacing the knee with metal and plastic implants.

This program is part of an ongoing effort to provide convenient, innovative educational opportunities to orthopaedic surgeons worldwide and is intended to help orthopaedic surgeons enhance their skills to build confidence in providing the best orthopaedic care possible for their patients.

For more information or to request a free brochure about the Gender Solutions High-Flex Knee, or to find a surgeon who performs joint replacement with Zimmer implants, consumers should visit or call toll-free, 1-877-GEN-KNEE.

This activity is sponsored by The Zimmer Institute. This activity does not offer CME credit.

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH) (SWX: ZMH) is the worldwide #1 pure-play orthopaedic leader in designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing reconstructive and spinal implants, trauma and related orthopaedic surgical products.

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