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Date:2/24/2009

Biomet's Signature(TM) Personalized Patient Care System Provides a Customized Approach to Joint Replacement Surgery to Help Overcome Joint Pain

WARSAW, Ind., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent nationwide survey of Americans over the age of 45 revealed a boomer population that is living with joint pain and that believes the future holds more of the same. Of the two-thirds of respondents who indicated that they experience joint pain at least sometimes, nearly half indicated that it currently affects their daily life. With the baby boomer population approximately 70 million strong, customized approaches to joint replacement that help individuals maintain active lifestyles will play an important role in quality of life now and into the future.

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To meet this need, Biomet has launched the Signature(TM) Personalized Patient Care System to enable orthopedic surgeons to plan more effectively and perform total knee replacement. The Signature(TM) system uses MRI technology to create a three-dimensional model of the patient's joint anatomy. Before the advent of the Signature(TM) system, preoperative planning was very limited and was typically done with two-dimensional x-rays.

"With Biomet's Signature(TM) system surgeons have access to interactive software to help develop the initial preoperative plan and patient specific positioning guides for precise implant placement," stated Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD, orthopedics clinical assistant professor at Ohio State University. "Together with the Vanguard(R) Complete Knee System, Signature(TM) affords surgeons the opportunity to utilize a state of the art approach for optimal positioning of a knee system designed for the entire population -- not just specific genders."

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