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Devices Orthopaedics

 News Release - February 8, 2007

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Introduces EVOLVE(R) PROLINE System for Radial Head Replacement

Market-Leading Radial Head Implant Expands Patient Indications and Improves Anatomic Fit

ARLINGTON, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI ), a global orthopaedic medical device company, today announced the launch of its EVOLVEŽ PROLINE Radial Head System for radial head replacement. The EVOLVEŽ PROLINE System is the latest advance of Wright's market-leading EVOLVEŽ Radial Head Prosthesis, which is used to address instability in complex elbow fractures.

The EVOLVEŽ PROLINE Radial Head System builds upon the proven clinical success of the EVOLVEŽ Radial Head Prosthesis with new in-situ assembly capability. This advance allows the implant to be inserted without surgical dissection of intact elbow ligaments, reducing the invasiveness of the procedure. This advance and additional sizes expand the addressable market for radial head replacement. New implant sizes add to one of the industry's most comprehensive size ranges, and enable the surgeon to address both the radiocapitellar joint (RCJ) and the proximal radioulnar joint (PRUJ) independently -- an industry first. Conventional designs attempt to address the RCJ, but do not permit anatomic flexibility in addressing the PRUJ.

The EVOLVEŽ PROLINE Radial Head System was designed in collaboration with The Hand and Upper Limb Centre at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Graham J.W. King, M.D., principal design surgeon, commented, "Our recently published study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery demonstrated the long-term success of the EVOLVEŽ prosthesis in dealing with complex fractures of the elbow. The EVOLVEŽ PROLINE System adds clinical flexibility and enables a less-invasive surgical approach to elbows with intact ligaments. This will enable the system to contribute positively to a greater variety of elbow injuries."

Over 16,000 EVOLVEŽ Radial Head prostheses have been implanted since the product's inception. Wright will highlight the expanded EVOLVEŽ PROLINE Radial Head System at its corporate booth (#800) during the upcoming annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego.

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 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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