Healthcare Industry News:  Wright Medical Group 

Devices Orthopaedic

 News Release - August 21, 2006

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Introduces CHARLOTTE(TM) CLAW(TM) Plate for Foot and Ankle Surgery

Innovative Approach to Compression Plating Sets New Standard for Foot and Ankle Fixation

ARLINGTON, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Aug. 21, 2006--Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI ), a global orthopaedic medical device company, today announced the launch of its CLAW(TM) Plate for foot and ankle surgery. The CLAW(TM) Plate is the latest innovation in Wright's CHARLOTTE(TM) product line, which includes screws, plates and staples for use in reconstructive foot and ankle procedures.

The CLAW(TM) Plate is the first product in the orthopaedic market to combine surgeon-controlled dynamic compression with fixed-angle locking screws. The product is designed to offer superior fixation and anatomic flexibility compared to traditional compression staples.

The CLAW(TM) Plate was designed in collaboration with surgeons at The Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, and OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC. Robert Anderson, M.D., a design surgeon at OrthoCarolina, commented, "The CLAW(TM) Plate is a tremendous addition to the CHARLOTTE(TM) Foot and Ankle Fixation System. Our early clinical experiences have shown that the CLAW(TM) plate is tremendously versatile and achieves excellent mechanical fixation. It has already redefined the way that we obtain fixation in many common surgical applications."

Approximately 100,000 foot and ankle osteotomies and fusions are performed in the U.S. annually. It is estimated that the CLAW(TM) Plate may be suitable for fixation in 25-40% of these procedures.

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

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.


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