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 News Release - March 23, 2012

Symmetry Medical Launches Enhancements to the BOOKWALTER(R) Surgical Retractor System

Technology Improves Ergonomics and Brings Reusable Radiolucent Blades Allowing Additional Procedural Applications for System

WARSAW, Ind., March 23, 2012 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE:SMA ), a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, announced today it has launched twelve new line enhancements to the BOOKWALTER Retractor System through its hospital direct surgical instrumentation division, Symmetry Surgical. The new BOOKWALTER technology will be featured at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), which will take place on March 26 to 29, 2012 in New Orleans. The BOOKWALTER Retractor System, which was included as part of Symmetry's recent acquisition of the surgical instrument portfolio of Codman & Shurtleff, is the one of the leading surgical retraction systems in the industry.

In support of the AORN and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Standards, these new product enhancements reduce the overall tray weight of a complete BOOKWALTER table mounted retractor system while providing increased usability. Another new feature is the introduction of reusable radiolucent blades for use in procedures where an intra-operative X-Ray is used as part of the surgical intervention. In support of meeting the challenges of surgical intervention on the obese patient population, an expanded ring system has been added to increase surgical exposure and also enhance the benefits of Symmetry Surgical's OPTI-LENGTH surgical instruments.

"Good exposure is the key to good surgery," said John Bookwalter, M.D., inventor of the BOOKWALTER system. "We have managed to maintain the integrity and stability of the BOOKWALTER Retractor System, while reducing the overall weight of the system. This is important to the Nurses and Technicians who have to lift and move these sets throughout the day."

Thomas J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Symmetry Medical, added, "These innovative enhancements to the BOOKWALTER portfolio align perfectly with our strategy of bringing innovation to the marketplace with proprietary, IP backed technology. We are thrilled to provide products that will expand and enhance usability for our clinician base and assist them in serving the needs of their valued patients."

For more information on these portfolio line extensions please contact your Symmetry Surgical Representative by calling 800-255-2500 or by visiting the Company's website at

About Symmetry Surgical

Symmetry Surgical is dedicated to developing quality surgical instruments that meet the needs of clinicians and help improve the lives of patients. Our portfolio brings together the product lines of Specialty Surgical Instrumentation (SSI), Olsen Medical and the recently acquired surgical instruments division Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. Our well-known brands include BOOKWALTER(R), GREENBERG(TM), RILEY(TM), OLSEN(TM), ULTRA(TM), QUAD-LOCK(TM), FLASHPAK(TM), RAPIDCLEAN(R), OPTI-LENGTH(R), CLASSIC(R) and CLASSIC PLUS(R). Headquartered in Nashville, Symmetry Surgical a wholly owned subsidiary of Symmetry Medical Inc (NYSE:SMA ).

About Symmetry Medical Inc.

Symmetry Medical Inc. is a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays. The Company's thousands of Teammates provide design, development and worldwide production capabilities for these products to customers in the orthopedic industry, other medical device markets, and specialized non-healthcare markets. Symmetry's trusted reputation and brands, broad Intellectual Property portfolio and commitment to innovation enable it to collaborate with hundreds of global medical device manufacturers as well as thousands of hospitals to provide solutions for today's needs and tomorrow's growth.

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Source: Symmetry Medical

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