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Smaller Players Find Opportunity In Large Joints

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Five companies control 95% of the market in hip and knee implants, creating an unfriendly environment for newcomers trying to grab a piece of their own. But economic and regulatory pressures are making things increasingly uncomfortable for the market leaders, giving hope to companies pushing new technologies and sales techniques.

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Beaten down by the great recession, the large joint arthroplasty market appears to be on the cusp of a turnaround, with several big players reporting encouraging Q4 and full-year 2012 results. A full recovery in this space is likely to take some time, but technology advances could help jumpstart the process, and there may be some interesting dynamics ahead in the patient-specific implant and robotic ortho device arenas.

Device/Diagnostics Quarterly Deal Statistics, Q3 2012

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