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 News Release - July 19, 2006

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Announces Launch of PROFEMUR(R) RENAISSANCE(TM) Total Hip System

New Stem With Enhanced Fixation Expands Wright's Innovative Modular Neck Offering

ARLINGTON, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--July 19, 2006--Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI ), a global orthopaedic medical device company, is pleased to announced the launch of its PROFEMUR® RENAISSANCE(TM) Total Hip System. The system features a stem designed to provide enhanced proximal fixation and immediate rotational stability within the femur. As part of Wright's PROFEMUR® family of implants, the RENAISSANCE(TM) stem also incorporates modular neck technology which is ideally suited for a less invasive surgical approach.

The PROFEMUR® RENAISSANCE(TM) hip stem is designed to achieve enhanced fixation through a combination of features at both the proximal and distal ends of the implant. For patient-matched proximal fixation, the stem offers both standard and reduced flare options. This more precise proximal fit can help maximize load transfer to reduce stress-shielding of the bone. Distally, the stem features splines that protrude beyond the root diameter of the implant for greater immediate rotational stability. Together, this improved dual fixation reduces micromotion of the implant, thereby facilitating osseointegration within the femur.

As part of the PROFEMUR® family of hip implants, the new RENAISSANCE(TM) stem features Wright's innovative modular neck technology. Modular necks provide maximum intraoperative flexibility by allowing fine tuning for offset, version and leg length. For minimally invasive surgical approaches, modularity also simplifies implant insertion and reduces the risk of soft-tissue damage.

The comprehensive PROFEMUR® line of hip solutions with modular neck technology now includes the PROFEMUR® Total Hip System, the PROFEMUR® RENAISSANCE(TM) Hip Stem, the PROFEMUR® Tapered Stem, the PROFEMUR® E Hip Stem, the PROFEMUR® Z Hip Stem, the PROFEMUR® Plasma Z Hip Stem and the PROFEMUR® R Revision Prosthesis.

About Wright

Wright Medical Group, Inc. is a global orthopaedic medical device company specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive joint devices and biologics. The Company has been in business for more than 50 years and markets its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information about Wright Medical, visit our website at

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements made in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current knowledge, assumptions, beliefs, estimates, and expectations and express management's current views of future performance, results, and trends. The Company wishes to caution readers that actual results might differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 under the heading, "Factors Affecting Future Operating Results," and in its quarterly reports), which could cause the Company's actual results to materially differ from those described in the forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the forward-looking statements are accurate, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will prove to be accurate. A forward-looking statement should not be regarded as a representation by the Company that the results described therein will be achieved. The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement after this date.

Source: Wright Medical Group

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