Healthcare Insights - May 2012 Extremities Market Update

This "Healthcare Insights" features an overview of the worldwide orthopedic market in general and focuses in on the relative attractiveness of the extremities market compared to the large joint (hip, knee, and spine) market.

The extremities market is pegged at roughly $2.4 billion and is underserved relative to the large joint market.  Most large orthopedic companies (J&J, Zimmer, Stryker, and Smith & Nephew) have weak offerings in the extremities market.  Although the extremities market faced macroeconmic headwinds like its larger joint brethren, the overall growth rate continues to be in the high single-digit (some argue low double-digit) range, which offers a nice respite from the other challenging ortho markets.

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