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Sports Icon Billie Jean King Gets Back in the Game with Help from New Knees
Date:2/11/2011

is the first knee to be tested for 30 simulated years of wear performance and builds on the success of Smith & Nephew's proprietary alloy, OXINIUM™ Oxidized Zirconium. The combination of this lightweight, hypoallergenic metal and a special "highly cross-linked" plastic is more resistant to common implant wear.

"I am living proof of the success of this knee replacement technology. I am no longer in pain and I can trust that my knees will provide the level of endurance that I demand from my body," King said.

In 2009, King was the first female athlete awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian honor) by President Obama. She is the holder of 39 Grand Slam titles, the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, Women's Sports Foundation, and Women's Sports Magazine, and co-founded the groundbreaking co-ed tennis league World TeamTennis, and GreenSlam, an environmental initiative for the sports industry. She was also named one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by Life Magazine in 1990.

Based on in-vitro wear simulation testing, the LEGION™ Primary Knee System with VERILAST™ technology is expected to provide wear performance sufficient for 30 years of actual use under typical conditions.

The results of in-vitro wear simulation testing have not been proven to quantitatively predict clinical wear performance.  Also, a reduction in total polyethylene wear volume or wear rate alone may not result in an improved clinical outcome as wear particle size and morphology are also critical factors in the evaluation of the potential for wear mediated osteolysis and associated aseptic implant loosening.  Particle size and morphology were not evaluated as part of the testing.

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