Symmetry Surgical is launching the newest innovation in its Bookwalter portfolio, the Bookwalter femoral elevator, at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans, 11 March to 15 March 2014.

The Bookwalter femoral elevator supports direct anterior approach (DAA) total hip arthroplasty (THA) by providing a simple method to elevate and stabilize the resected femur during femoral canal broaching.

Built through collaboration with surgeons and operating room professionals, this product offers an operating room (OR) table-mounted alternative to healthcare providers in providing access and visualization in the minimally invasive DAA THA.

The Bookwalter femoral elevator is the first orthopedic specific system from the table-mounted line of Bookwalter retractor systems for general surgical applications. It leverages the robust construction and OR table attachments required in general surgery into DAA THA and do not require an assistant to elevate the femur using hand-held retractors during off-table cases.

Symmetry Surgical president Ajey Atre noted the company is focused on driving innovation and developing surgical instruments that help give our customers leading-edge alternatives in surgical procedures.

"The new Bookwalter® Femoral Elevator demonstrates our commitment to developing surgical technologies designed to help surgeons and surgical staff deliver exceptional care around the world," Atre added.

The Bookwalter femoral elevator product is now available through Symmetry Surgical for direct hospitals and surgery centers as well as through Symmetry Medical’s OEM Solutions team for current OEM customers looking for additional access into the direct anterior approach market.