The V2F Anterior Fixation System provides next generation instrumentation for versatile surgical treatment of tumor and trauma pathology. The V2F System’s proprietary variable-to-fixed locking cap technology, plate variety, and screws give surgeons more options to meet the individual needs of the patient and surgery. Dual-lead cortical/cancellous screws provide greater insertion speed and enhanced fixation. All-Through-One instrumentation offers precise screw placement and a reproducible, controlled trajectory. The V2F System presents surgeons with multiple options – without any loss of control, strength or efficiency.
The V2F Anterior Fixation System is a temporary supplemental fixation device consisting of:
The V2F Anterior Fixation System is used as an implant for
the correction and stabilization of the spine. This system provides
temporary stabilization and augments the development of a solid spinal
fusion. Additionally, this system provides the surgeon with the
ability to supplement an interbody device with anterior plate
fixation. The plates are low profile and anatomically designed to
provide optimal fit from either anterior or anterior-lateral approach.
All implant components are made from a titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V). All
implants supplied with this package are intended for single use only.
Instruments supplied with this package insert may be reused. Refer to
product label to determine if the instrument is intended for single
use only. Bone screws are available for fixed angle or variable angle
implantation. The V2F Anterior Fixation System is intended to
be removed after solid fusion has occurred.
Refer to the Surgical Technique Manual for additional information on how to use this device. Contact your Zimmer Spine Sales Representative for a copy of the current Surgical Technique.
The V2F Anterior Fixation System is indicated for use via the lateral or anterolateral surgical approach in the treatment of thoracic and thoracolumbar (T1-L5) spine instability as a result of fracture (including dislocation and subluxation), tumor, degenerative disc disease (defined as back pain of discogenic origin with degeneration of the disc confirmed by patient history and radiographic studies), scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, spinal stenosis, or a failed previous spine surgery.
Contraindications for use of the V2F Anterior Fixation System include:
Some metals, polymers, chemicals, and other materials utilized with orthopedic implants have been known to cause cancer and other adverse body reactions, or reports in the literature have suggested such causation. Any factor that causes chronic damage to tissues may be oncogenic. Cancer can metastasize from soft tissue sites (lung, breast, digestive system, and others) to bone, including areas adjacent to implants, or it can be seeded to these locations during operative and diagnostic procedures (such as biopsies). Paget’s disease has been reported to progress to cancer; surgical candidates suffering from this disease should be warned accordingly.
Implantation of foreign material in tissues can elicit an inflammatory reaction. Current literature suggests that wear debris (including metal, polyethylene, ceramic, and cement particles) can initiate the process of histiocytic granuloma formation and consequent osteolysis and loosening. Metal sensitivity has been reported following exposure to orthopedic implants. The most common metallic sensitivities (nickel, cobalt, and chromium) are present in medical grade stainless steel and cobalt-chrome alloys.
The V2F Anterior Fixation System is a temporary internal fixation device. Internal fixation devices are designed to stabilize the operative site during the normal healing process. After healing occurs, these devices serve no functional purpose and it is recommended that the device is removed. Implant removal, should be followed by adequate postoperative management to avoid fracture or refracture.
The selection of the proper size, shape and design of the implant for each patient is crucial to the success of the procedure. Metallic surgical implants are subject to repeated stresses in use and their strength is limited by the need to adapt the design to the size and shape of human bones. Unless great care is taken in implant selection, proper placement of the implant and postoperative management to minimize stresses on the implant, such stresses may cause metal fatigue and consequent breakage, bending or loosening of the device before the healing process is complete. This may in turn result in further injury or the need to remove the device prematurely.
The V2F Anterior Fixation System instrumentation should only be used after the surgeon has had adequate training in this method of fixation and has become thoroughly knowledgeable about the spinal anatomy and biomechanics. A surgical technique for the V2F Anterior Fixation System is available upon request. This technique is not a substitute for training and is for general informational purposes only.
Components from other anterior thoracic and thoracolumbar plating
systems must not be intermixed with the V2F Anterior Fixation
System components since compatibility of the components is not
Do not use implants made from dissimilar metals (such as cobalt chromium-molybdenum alloy or stainless steel) in contact with components of the V2F Anterior Fixation System; otherwise, galvanic corrosion may occur.
If contouring of the implant is necessary for optimal fit, the contouring should be gradual and avoid any notching or scratching of the implant(s) surface. The plates must not be repeatedly or excessively bent. Do not reverse bend the plate. All implants and some instruments are intended for single use only; refer to the product label to determine if the instrument is intended for single use only. Single use devices should not be re-used. Possible risks associated with re-use of single use devices include:
NOTE: Additional surgery may be necessary to correct some of these anticipated adverse reactions.