LDR Receives Reimbursement Approval From French Government for Its Lumbar Disc



    Mobidisc(R) is One of Only Three Lumbar Discs Approved for Reimbursement
in France

    AUSTIN, TEXAS, November 6 /CNW/ - LDR, a privately held company with
innovative spinal implants for both non-fusion and fusion applications, has
been notified that the French government will reimburse surgeons using the
Mobidisc(R) artificial lumbar disc. Mobidisc will join ProDisc-L and
CHARITE(R) as the only lumbar discs that the French government has approved
for reimbursement.

    Christophe Lavigne, president and CEO of LDR, notes, "We are proud to
have gained approval for reimbursement in our home country. France continues
to be a leader in spine innovation and artificial discs are positioned in a
highly competitive environment. This approval validates our Mobi(TM) platform
technology as well as the clinical performance of Mobidisc."

    The Mobidisc is designed to provide six degrees of freedom via a
mobile-bearing technology, thereby better replicating the natural kinematics
of the spine. Its design incorporates a low-profile keel and specialized
delivery instrumentation that introduces the implant into the disc space via a
safety guide. Mobidisc was introduced in November 2003 and has subsequently
been implanted in over 2,100 patients worldwide.

    Professor Jerome Allain with Henri Mondor University Hospital in Paris
comments, "The Mobidisc is a true second-generation disc that has demonstrated
strong clinical performance since its introduction over 4 years ago. It was
created by a team of surgeons who leveraged their experience in developing the
first generation of artificial discs to design the next evolution of lumbar
disc replacement."

    LDR was founded by seasoned spine executives in 2000 to bring to market
innovative non-fusion and fusion spine implants that address unmet or
underserved needs. The company is now selling its products worldwide in over
30 countries.

    About LDR

    LDR works closely with surgeons to develop implantable spine systems and
instrumentation that restore optimum stability and mobility to patients and to
make spine surgery more reproducible and easier to perform. More information
may be found at www.ldrspine.com.

    Caution: The Mobidisc(R) is not available in the United States.




For further information:

For further information: LDR Spine, Austin Jerry DeVries, 512-344-3301
jerrydevries@ldrspine.com

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