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Zimmer Enlists Medtronic to Advance Less Invasive Joint Replacement

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All of the major orthopedic device companies have programs whose goal is to make joint replacement surgery less invasive, but it's a particular priority for Zimmer Holdings. Zimmer is now collaborating with Medtronic's Surgical Navigation Technologies.

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