13 March 2019

Smith & Nephew POLAR3™ Total Hip Solution demonstrates best-in-class results from world’s largest registry

13 March 2019

Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, today at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in Las Vegas presented data around its POLAR3 Total Hip Solution. The POLARSTEM/R3 combination demonstrated the highest survivorship of any stem/cup combination regardless of fixation method at seven years[1].

The POLAR3 Total Hip Solution is the combination of the POLARSTEM™, R3™ Acetabular System, and Smith & Nephew’s proprietary VERILAST™ Technology.

The data is sourced from the National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man (NJREW) 2018 Annual Report and subsequent reports on both individual components and the total solution.

Survivorship of the construct was 99.03% at seven years1. Additional information from the reports highlighted the performance of the individual implants as compared to the class average in their respective categories:

In addition to excellent survivorship, the POLAR3 Total Hip Solution also demonstrated significantly higher patient satisfaction and improvements in patient reported outcome measures (PROMs; p<0.001), compared to all other cementless stems in the NJREW[4]. “This system has been the gold standard in our portfolio for over a decade and we are now seeing a regular flow of data supporting its excellent performance. To see such positive results from the world’s largest national joint registry is really exciting” said Skip Kiil, President of Orthopaedics at Smith & Nephew.

The POLAR3 Total Hip Solution has over 10 years of clinical heritage and now has more than 330,000 procedures performed worldwide.[5]



Dave Snyder
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Charles Reynolds
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[1] National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. 15th Annual Report 2018. ISSN 2054-1821 (Print).

[2] National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Implant Summary Report for POLARSTEM, dated 20 November 2018.

[3] National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Implant Summary Report for R3, dated 18 November 2018.

[4] National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland: POLARSTEM cementless (Oxinium/XLPE/R3 cup) implant summary report. 20 November 2018.

[5] Data on file with Smith & Nephew.