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Smith & Nephew introduces new hysteroscopic morcellation simulator designed to enhance surgeon training

ANDOVER, Mass., September 21, 2011 – Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, today announced the introduction of its TRUCLEAR™ SIM Morcellation Simulator, a highly-realistic, hands-on simulator designed to improve training for gynecologists who perform hysteroscopic morcellation, a procedure to remove intrauterine polyps and fibroids. In 2011 alone, over one million women will seek treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding due to these pathologies.

The simulator is being showcased at the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE) 20th Annual Congress in London from September 21-24.

Traditional hysteroscopic morcellation training is performed in labs using silicone uterine models, which cannot accurately simulate conditions that can arise during a procedure, such as fluid management dynamics. The TRUCLEAR SIM Morcellation Simulator allows the surgeon to use Smith & Nephew’s TRUCLEAR System combined with a realistic virtual simulation – effectively replicating a procedure. The TRUCLEAR System is a first-of-its kind device that pairs the visualization capabilities of a hysteroscope with minimally invasive tissue removal capabilities, allowing a fast and thorough capture and removal of intrauterine polyps and fibroids.

Upon completion of the virtual procedure, the simulator objectively evaluates the gynecologist on various metrics including safety, pathology removal, procedure efficiency and visualization skills to help assess performance.

“I am thrilled that Smith & Nephew is introducing the new TRUCLEAR SIM Morcellation Simulator which will enable medical students, residents and practicing physicians to perform virtual hysteroscopic morcellation polypectomies and myomectomies,” said Larry Glazerman, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at University of South Florida Health. “Since patient outcomes are the most important part of any procedure, it is an incredible opportunity for gynecologists to perfect their technique prior to ever touching a patient.”

Mira Sahney, general manager, gynecology for Smith & Nephew stated, “As a leader and innovator in hysteroscopic morcellation, Smith & Nephew is always looking for ways to expand on its expertise and provide world-class training to physicians. The TRUCLEAR SIM Morcellation Simulator is a great tool to help increase gynecologist exposure to this innovative procedure.”

The simulator will be showcased at several key industry events throughout the remainder of 2011 and also be used to train surgeons attending Smith & Nephew’s hysteroscopic morcellation surgeon education courses.

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