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Orthopaedic Reconstruction

Smith & Nephew is a world leader in joint replacement systems for knees, hips and shoulders. Whether through extending the life and functionality of implants, improving operating room efficiency, or promoting faster healing and other clinical outcomes, our innovations differentiate us and provide solutions to active patients seeking to regain their quality of life while enhancing economic value for all of our customers. Smith & Nephew implants include hip, knee and shoulder joints as well as ancillary products such as bone cement.

Knee implant systems

Smith & Nephew offers a range of products for specialised knee procedures. The LEGION/GENESIS II Total Knee System is a comprehensive system designed to allow surgeons to address a wide range of knee procedures from primary to revision. These systems also feature VERILAST Technology, an advanced bearing surface. The JOURNEY Active Knee Solutions, a family of advanced, customised products designed to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis patients, provides more normal feeling and motion through bone ligament preservation and anatomic replication. LEGION/GENESIS II and JOURNEY also use VISIONAIRE Patient-Matched Instrumentation, a technology platform of patient-matched cutting blocks for total knee procedures.

Hip implant systems

The Orthopaedics business offers a broad range of hip replacement systems. In particular, the R3 Acetabular System includes a modular acetabular cup that provides a variety of advanced bearings within a single system. The BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System (BHR) is a proven alternative to total hip replacement for patients requiring a high level of post-operative activity. Backed by more than 10 years of clinical data, BHR combines a bone conserving approach with greater range of motion and a decreased risk of dislocation. Other hip systems include the SYNERGY Hip System, ANTHOLOGY Hip System and the SL-PLUS Hip Family System.

Bearing surfaces

The Orthopaedics business uses a range of bearing surfaces in its implant systems, including its proprietary OXINIUM Technology. Oxidized Zirconium, branded OXINIUM, combines the enhanced wear resistance of a ceramic bearing with the superior durability of a metallic bearing to provide a surface that is 4,900 times more wear resistant than cobalt chrome. When OXINIUM Technology is combined with highly cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) to create VERILAST Technology, the results are even greater. In fact, the LEGION Primary Knee with VERILAST Technology, is the only knee system with a 30-year wear performance claim approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - more than double the performance expectation for wear compared to conventional technologies.

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Key products


The innovative JOURNEY◊ anatomical knee system is designed to move and feel like a normal knee. Learn more about JOURNEY◊ II Active Knee Solutions here.


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