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Medtronic Introduces the VERTEX SELECT™ Reconstruction System Occipitocervical Module

MEMPHIS, TENN. – May 4, 2009 – Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced the U.S. launch of the VERTEX SELECT™ Reconstruction System Occipitocervical Module.

When a patient has a serious spinal condition that requires the base of the skull (occiput) to be fused, or joined, to the neck (cervical-upper thoracic spine), this complex procedure must be performed from the back of the spine, also known as a posterior approach. The VERTEX SELECT Occipitocervical Module contains implants and an instrument set necessary for performing this surgical procedure.

Conditions of the spine, such as degenerative disease, can lead to instability and pain for patients. To treat the instability, surgeons perform a spinal fusion, which involves joining two bones together, such as the occiput and vertebrae. Nearly 40,000 posterior cervical fusions are performed each year, of which approximately 10 percent involve occipitocervical fusions.

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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