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Extremities, Emerging Markets Continue To Top M&A Ortho Interest

Executive Summary

With hip and knee joint markets still registering slow to modest growth, orthopedic companies looking to add bulk to their bottom line through mergers and acquisitions have pursued two distinct directions – the extremities and emerging markets.

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