Introduction of Wright's Next Generation Medial-Pivot Knee Design
to Include Two Webcast Surgeries on August 2, 2010
ARLINGTON, Tenn., Jul 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI), a global orthopaedic medical
device company, is pleased to announce the launch of the EVOLUTION(TM)
Medial- Pivot Knee System. The EVOLUTION(TM) Knee System represents
Wright's next generation in medial-pivot knees, featuring enhanced
instrumentation, more sizing options and a posterior stabilized option.
These and other features of the new EVOLUTION(TM) Medial-Pivot Knee System
will be demonstrated in the following surgery webcast events:
- Monday, August 2, 2010 - 5:00 p.m. CDT: Surgery by David
DeBoer, M.D., from St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. www.orlive.com/evolutionknee
- Monday, August 2, 2010 - 7:00 p.m. CDT: Surgery by Lowry
Barnes, M.D., from St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. www.stvincenthealth.com/webcast/
The new EVOLUTION(TM) Medial-Pivot Knee System builds upon twelve years of
clinical experience with the ADVANCE(R) Medial-Pivot Knee System. Wright's
medial-pivot technology is designed to replicate the stability and
function of the natural knee. David Blaha, M.D. in Ann Arbor, Michigan
explained, "The unique feature of both the ADVANCE(R) and the EVOLUTION(TM)
Medial Pivot knees is the 'ball-in-socket mechanism' on the medial side.
The 'ball-in-socket' mechanism is designed to mimic the anatomy of the
normal knee to promote more natural stability and motion." Studies have
shown that Wright's medial-pivot technology has been consistently
preferred by patients who received bilateral knee implants with a
medial-pivot design in one knee and a traditionally-designed implant in
the other knee.
Inspired by this patient preference, Wright created the EVOLUTION(TM) Knee
System to enhance its medial-pivot technology by offering more sizing
options, improved instrumentation and a medial-pivoting posterior
stabilized option. These enhancements were achieved through
state-of-the-art engineering concepts and manufacturing technologies,
including the use of CT-scans to produce implants which more accurately
replicate natural knee anatomy, as well as features to aid in
implantation through less-invasive surgical exposures. The resulting
EVOLUTION(TM) Knee System is designed to ease rehabilitation and address
stability concerns which may be experienced by some total knee
replacement recipients. Lowry Barnes, M.D. of Little Rock, Arkansas
noted, "Often, total knee replacement patients complain that their
replaced knee does not feel normal, citing noises or a sensation of the
joint slipping, especially as they descend stairs. The EVOLUTION(TM)
implant's more refined medial-pivot design may feel more normal for
Alex Winber, Wright's Director of OrthoRecon - Knees, commented, "Wright
is very excited to introduce the EVOLUTION(TM) Medial-Pivot Knee System.
Aptly named, the system truly represents the evolution of an exceptional
technology. Our expectation is that this next generation medial-pivot
design will deliver an even higher level of patient and surgeon
satisfaction compared to that of traditional total knees."
Wright Medical Group, Inc. is a global orthopaedic medical device
company and a leading provider of surgical solutions for the foot and
ankle market. The Company specializes in the design, manufacture and
marketing of devices and biologic products for extremity, hip and knee
repair and reconstruction. The Company has been in business for 60 years
and markets its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more
information about Wright Medical, visit the Company's website at www.wmt.com.
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SOURCE: Wright Medical Group, Inc.
Wright Medical Group, Inc.
Lance A. Berry, 901-867-4607