Zimmer Spine has announced the launch of its next-generation Optio-C anterior cervical system in the US.

The Optio-C anterior cervical system offers a no profile solution and delivers the strength, stability and fusion potential of a traditional anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).

Zimmer Spine has designed the modular stand-alone cervical device to maximise fusion with a unique load-sharing interface and multiple implant footprints.

The device has one PEEK IBF spacer, one anterior cervical plate, and three bone screws.

The spacer features a load-sharing interface designed to reduce stress shielding of the graft site.

Its three screw fixation is designed to reduce segmental motion and interference with existing hardware.

While DiamondTip screw technology reduces surgical steps as screw can be placed without a pilot hole, cortico-cancellous threads are designed to enhance bone purchase.

According to the company, innovative distraction pins facilitate implantation with existing hardware and accommodate different plate widths and thicknesses.

The device is secured by an anti-migration system, which provides tactile and visual confirmation. Pre-assembled locking mechanism secures all screws simultaneously.

"The device eliminates the need for additional plating when addressing adjacent level disease."

As the device has no profile, soft tissue irritation is reduced for less invasive ACDF procedures. In addition, it eliminates the need for additional plating when addressing adjacent level disease.

To minimise exposure, awls, drills and drivers are available in straight, U-joint or flexible configurations, and all drivers have a unique screw retention feature to accommodate various screw implantation angles.

Zimmer Spine president Steve Healy said that with plate strength equivalent to a traditional cervical plate, stability through a three-screw fixation design, and fusion delivered by a spacer featuring a load-sharing interface, the Optio-C System improves cervical stand-alone devices.

"This internally developed device is an important platform for future product development," Healy said.

Zimmer Spine will showcase the Optio-C anterior cervical system at the American Association for Neurological Surgeons meeting being held in San Francisco, from 5-9 April.

Image: Zimmer Spine launches Optio-C anterior cervical system. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire/Zimmer Spine, Inc.