Zimmer Bolsters Joint Preservation Business; Responds To New HA Guidelines
While Zimmer continues to build its knee osteoarthritis early-intervention product line, most recently by acquiring Knee Creations LLC and its Subchondroplasty procedure, controversial new clinical practice guidelines have been released that recommend against the use of hyaluronic acid injections (viscosupplementation) for early knee OA.
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Extremities, Emerging Markets Continue To Top Ortho M&As
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