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New technology from Smith & Nephew offers more efficient uterine fibroid removal

   New technology from Smith & Nephew offers more efficient uterine fibroid
                                   removal

PR Newswire

LONDON, Dec. 18, 2012

LONDON, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the
global medical technology business, today introduced the newest addition to
its innovative TRUCLEAR™ System, the TRUCLEAR ULTRA Reciprocating Morcellator
4.0. Designed specifically for removing uterine fibroids, a health issue that
will impact an estimated 80% of women^i, this new device provides surgeons
with a fast, efficient solution for a hysteroscopic procedure that can help
patients avoid the possibility of a hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the
uterus.

With a precision-engineered cutting edge and a uniquely designed tip that
allows surgeons to access harder-to-reach fibroids, the TRUCLEAR ULTRA
Reciprocating Morcellator 4.0 offers a resection rate more than twice that of
the leading competitor (laboratory testing on analog tissue^ii). Also, because
TRUCLEAR ULTRA removes fibroids through hysteroscopic morcellation, or
mechanical cutting, it requires no incisions or electrical energy to be used
in the uterus and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.

"With the TRUCLEAR System, I have the confidence to safely and effectively
resect submucosal fibroids and endometrial polyps under constant
visualization," says David A. Stone, M.D., FACOG, who practices in
metropolitan Detroit. "While using the TRUCLEAR ULTRA, I was able to remove a
2.5 centimeter diameter submucosal fibroid in a matter of a few minutes. Using
this system can help preserve a woman's future fertility by minimizing damage
to the uterus."

Uterine fibroids are estimated to cost the U.S. healthcare system over $6
billion every year^iii. The most common surgical recommendation for these
non-cancerous growths is to remove the uterus through a hysterectomy. For
women, a hysterectomy means a hospital stay, four to eight weeks of recovery
time, the added risk of infection, and the potential for long-term physical
and psychological effects.

"Fibroids are one of the most significant diseases that women face," explains
Mira Sahney, General Manager, Gynecology for Smith & Nephew. "Our new device
offers a woman with uterine fibroids a considerably less invasive treatment
option that may help preserve her ability to have children."

Smith & Nephew has a growing presence in the market to provide women with
less-invasive treatment options for uterine care. The company continues to
innovate in this area and provides surgeons with options for performing
polypectomies and myomectomies safely and effectively under continuous, clear
visualization.

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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^i US Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Woman's Health: Uterine
fibroids fact sheet,
http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/uterine-fibroids.cfm

^ii Data on file with Smith & Nephew 2012, Reference 15001615.

^iii James Segars, M.D., et.al.; Dec. 20, 2011, American Journal of Obstetrics
and Gynecology online

SOURCE Smith & Nephew

Website: http://www.smith-nephew.com
Contact: Brad Merrick, Media, Smith & Nephew, +1-901-399-1089,
Brad.merrick@smith-nephew.com; or Phil Cowdy, Investor/Analyst, Smith &
Nephew, 44 (0)20 7401 7646, Phil.Cowdy@smith-nephew.com