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POLARCUP™ Dual Mobility Hip System From Smith & Nephew Now Available in US
Date:2/9/2012

LONDON, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN), the global medical technology business, is introducing the clinically proven POLARCUP™ Dual Mobility Hip System to orthopaedic surgeons in the US at this year's American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in San Francisco. The system is specifically designed to address the challenges of treating patients – in both primary and revision cases – who are susceptible to dislocation and need enhanced stability. 

Backed by 10 years of clinical history in Europe and other markets outside the US, the POLARCUP System allows surgeons to implant a smaller, constrained femoral component within a larger, anatomically sized polyethylene head, thus providing greater stability by increasing range of motion and jump distance. "This stability philosophy is widely used in the European market where surgeons have extensive experience with dual mobility in elderly and less active patients," says John Soto, Senior Vice President for Smith & Nephew's Global Hip Franchise. 

The POLARCUP System is a complement to the company's clinically proven BIRMINGHAM™ Hip Resurfacing System, which provides stability and durability for the young active patient.

To learn more about the POLARCUP System, please stop by the Smith & Nephew booth (#4947) at this year's AAOS meeting.

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, Trauma and Clinical Therapies, 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 (NYSE:
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