Healthcare Industry News:  Wright Medical Group 

Devices Orthopaedic

 News Release - April 9, 2007

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Introduces the CHARLOTTE(TM) 7mm Multi-Use Compression Screw For Foot and Ankle Surgery

ARLINGTON, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI ), a global orthopaedic medical device company, today announced the commercial launch of the CHARLOTTE(TM) 7mm Multi-Use Compression (MUC) Screw System for foot and ankle surgery. The 7mm MUC screw system is the latest addition to Wright's market-leading portfolio of reconstructive and biologic products for foot and ankle surgery.

The 7mm MUC screw is a "headless" design capable of producing increased compression values over traditional, headed screw designs. The "head" on a traditional headed screw sits prominently above the surface of the bone which can irritate the soft tissues in the heel or ankle when the patient walks. This can lead to sustained discomfort for the patient, and may require secondary surgery to remove the screw. The 7mm MUC screw system was engineered to address the potential shortcomings of traditional screws by creating a head that resides completely within the bone, rather than above the bone surface.

Bruce Cohen, M.D. at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, commented, "Because of patient discomfort, I was experiencing a significant screw removal rate in patients with large, headed screws. I needed a headless solution, and it was imperative that it provide adequate compression. The 7mm MUC screw meets both of these important design considerations, and represents what we believe to be a significant advance in reconstructive surgery of the hindfoot."

Aaron C. Smith, Wright's Senior Director of Extremity Marketing, added, "We are pleased to be offering the 7mm Multi-Use Compression Screw to our customers as the latest addition to our market-leading portfolio of reconstructive and biologic products for foot and ankle surgeons. We believe that this innovative screw design will address the well-documented patient concern over head prominence with traditional orthopaedic screws, while offering the surgeon a product that is elegantly designed for the unique surgical challenges of hindfoot fixation."

The Company estimates there are over 80,000 hindfoot, subtalar and ankle fusion surgeries each year in the U.S. The 7mm MUC screw system is designed to address a majority of these fusion procedures.

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.

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains "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, 2006 under the heading, "Risk Factors" and 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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