Turning complex hip revisions into efficient, reproducible surgeries with the new REDAPT™ Revision Femoral System from Smith &

Turning complex hip revisions into efficient, reproducible surgeries with the
           new REDAPT™ Revision Femoral System from Smith & Nephew

PR Newswire

LONDON, Nov. 15, 2012

LONDON, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the
global medical technology business, announces the launch of their new REDAPT™
Revision Femoral System. Designed to bring the concept of personalized patient
treatments to the revision hip market, the new system's versatility allows
surgeons to effectively recreate a patient's unique functionality while
quickly and easily addressing issues such as poor bone quality and
proximal/distal mismatch.

"With other revision systems, the main goal is simply to provide a patient
with a stable joint," says Dr. Reid Brown of Louisville Bone and Joint
Specialists in Kentucky. "REDAPT changes these outcome expectations to include
the type of functional standards typically associated with primary total hip
replacements. And, it does so with streamlined, reproducible instrumentation
and a shorter learning curve." 

Unlike many of the other revision systems, the REDAPT System's unique and
efficient surgical technique allows a surgeon to prepare the femoral canal and
complete full hip range of motion tests completely off its
instrumentation.This gives the surgeon an ability to determine precise
implant position for optimal stability before introducing a solid stem,
predictably within the femoral canal.The advantage of the solid, monolithic
stem is that it means a surgeon can avoid placing a modular, mid-stem junction
at a critical, high stress location for the stem.

Also contributing to the system's overall versatility are its two available
stem styles – a Proximally Fluted (PF), or sleeveless, stem for use when
proximal bone defects are limited, and a Modular Sleeved (MS) stem for cases
where proximal and distal bone defects are more prevalent. During pre-launch
evaluation, both stem styles received very positive reviews from surgeons. In
particular, surgeons appreciated the REDAPT System's ability to provide
reproducible stem positioning due to its taper design, precision
instrumentation and use of Smith & Nephew's proprietary ROCKTITE™ Flutes,
which deliver "rock-solid" distal fixation in all defect types.

"Modularity is critical in today's increasing complicated total hip revision
surgery," says Dr. Mathias Bostrom of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New
York. "As the revision becomes more complex, modularity is what allows me to
restore center of rotation, return leg length and provide a stable hip for my

With the REDAPT System, surgeons are also able to "fine tune" the joint for
leg length, offset, and version through the system's five available modular
neck options; four of which can be inverted. When combined, the system's
multiple head lengths and neck options mean that the REDAPT system offers
surgeons 54 head center options.Each neck is compatible with Smith & Nephew
cobalt chrome, ceramic, and OXINIUM™ heads.

"Our goal was to create one system that surgeons could rely on for any type of
revision from mild to severe," says Gaurav Agarwal, DSVP and General Manager
for Smith & Nephew's Advanced Surgical Devices Division. "Not only did we
achieve our goal, we created a system that's revolutionary in its versatility,
its simplicity and its reproducibility."

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping
improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic
Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma, Smith &
Nephew has almost 11,000 employees and a presence in more than 90 countries.
Annual sales in 2011 were nearly $4.3 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of
the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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