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Devices Orthopaedic

 News Release - August 30, 2006

Smith & Nephew Launches the EMPERION(TM) Modular Hip System

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 30 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN ; LSE: SN ) Orthopaedic Reconstruction division today announced the launch of the EMPERION(TM) Modular Hip System for primary and revision total hip arthroplasty. This system will be available in the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada.

A modular hip system offers optimal sizing of the joint implants and allows for greater flexibility to more accurately match the implant to a patient's anatomy compared to other systems. The EMPERION implant uses a titanium press-fit stem. It is the only modular hip system that can be used with Smith & Nephew's proprietary OXINIUM(TM) femoral heads.

The EMPERION system builds on the clinical success of older implant designs while providing surgeons with enhanced performance during surgery. Easy to use instrumentation and color-coding improves efficiency during the procedure. Innovative features of the implant, such as the Smith & Nephew circulotrapezoidal neck design allows for a greater range of motion and the bullet tip shape of the stem reduces thigh pain and makes insertion of the device easier.

"Smith & Nephew's EMPERION Modular Hip System offers surgeons greater flexibility to adapt a total hip replacement to their patients' specific needs, potentially reducing post-operative complications," said Scott Flora, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedic Reconstruction. "The EMPERION system complements our existing primary and revision hip portfolio, and reflects Smith & Nephew's commitment to providing true innovation to benefit surgeons and patients."

"The EMPERION system provides me the versatility to reconstruct the hip joint in a simple, straight-forward manner, while still employing less invasive or tissue-preserving surgical techniques," said Dr. Bertrand Kaper with Yavapai Medical Center in Prescott, Arizona. "It takes the evolution of hip replacement surgery to the next level of clinical success."


OXINIUM material is a unique and advanced bearing product technology. It is created through a proprietary manufacturing process that enables zirconium alloy to absorb oxygen and transform to a ceramic on the surface, resulting in a material that incorporates the best features of ceramic and metal while avoiding the limitations associated with either material. OXINIUM material is a revolutionary technology used in the production of components of knee and hip implants that exhibits superior performance characteristics due to its hardness, low-friction and resistance to roughening and abrasion.

The concept of using oxidized zirconium as a joint replacement material was developed by the many individuals within Smith & Nephew's Orthopaedic Research, Development, and Manufacturing groups. The first oxidized zirconium component was implanted in 1995. Since then, over 100,000 hip and knee components have been implanted with remarkable success.

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About Us

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in, Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma & Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies. Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust. The company has more than 8,500 employees and operates in 33 countries around the world and generated sales of nearly $2.6 billion.

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Source: Smith & Nephew

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