Aesculap Implant Systems Launches the S4 Element Pedicle Screw System

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – (Business Wire) Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC is pleased to announce the launch of the S Element™ Pedicle Screw System.

The S4 Element Pedicle Screw System was made available to a select group of surgeons since May of last year as part of the company’s Market Preference Evaluation, and a full launch of the system is planned for the second quarter of 2010, at which time the system will be released to surgeons throughout the United States. It is estimated that over 450,000 thoracolumbar fusions are performed in the U.S. annually to treat spinal disorders. The surgeons predominantly rely on an open approach to decompress the site and utilize spinal instrumentation like S4 Element to stabilize until spinal fusion occurs.

“S4 Element provides surgeons with a unique and innovative solution for screw delivery while maintaining ideal bone screw properties in an anatomically friendly size offering,” said Dr. Steven Beer of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center located in Cheyenne, Wyoming – one of the designers for the system.

Some of S4 Element’s unique features include an industry leading Ultra Low Profile screw head for minimal impingement of anatomical structures and innovative placement instruments, like the speed multiplier handle, which facilitates tapping and screw placement at a 3.5 times faster rate without altering bone screw thread properties.

“We are very pleased that the S4 Element system allows us to offer our surgeons and sales network a tabless screw body option which expands our existing pedicle screw portfolio,” said Chuck DiNardo, President of Aesculap Implant Systems. “Launching S4 Element will allow our surgeons the flexibility to decide based on individual patient needs whether to use Aesculap’s original S4 tabbed pedicle screw or S4 Element’s tabless pedicle screw.”

The S4 Element System will be sold through the Aesculap Implant Systems direct and indirect sales network.

About Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC

Aesculap was founded in 1867 in Tuttlingen, Germany and has grown into the largest and one of the most respected manufacturers of surgical instruments in the world. Over the years, Aesculap has continued to evolve into a diversified healthcare corporation by focusing its expertise in the areas of orthopaedics, spinal implants, neurosurgery and vascular systems and sutures.

In order to be more responsive to its growing customer base in spine and orthopaedics, Aesculap, Inc. formed a new company, Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC. This new company will focus on these unique markets allowing for greater innovation and customer service. Aesculap Implant Systems maintains a surgeon/patient focus with the goal of improved operative procedures and patient outcomes leading to an improved quality of life. For more information about Aesculap Implant Systems and the products we offer call, 800-234-9179, e-mail us at info@aesculap.com or visit www.AesculapImplantSystems.com.

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Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC
Thomas Hur
Product Manager
610-984-9275
Thomas.Hur@aesculap.com

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