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HealthTronics and Endocare complete merger

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Urology service provider completes the previously-announced $16 million acquisition of cryoablation device-maker Endocare with the close of its exchange offer for all outstanding shares of Endocare's common stock, announced July 27 (1"The Gray Sheet" June 15, 2009). Endocare's main product is the Cryocare cryosurgery system, indicated for general surgery, urology, gynecology and oncology, among other procedures. The firm will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Austin, Texas-based HealthTronics

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