May 29, 2007 14:02 ET

ORLive Presents: Medtronic's CD HORIZON LEGACY PEEK Rod System Is Subject of Live Surgery Broadcast Over the Internet

Live Webcast: June 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM CDT (23:00 UTC)

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwire - May 29, 2007) - Medtronic, Inc. announced today that the medical education Website OR Live will feature a segment with Todd Lanman, M.D. and Russ Nockels, M.D. performing a lumbar fusion using Medtronic's CD HORIZON® LEGACY™ PEEK Rod System live on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 6 p.m. CDT.

The CD HORIZON LEGACY PEEK Rod System uses rods made of polyetheretherketone, a semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymer that meets all biocompatibility requirements and has a long history of use in surgical implants. When combined with CD HORIZON® Spinal System-based pedicle screws and minimally invasive approach options such as the MAST QUADRANT™ Retractor Set, the CD HORIZON LEGACY PEEK Rod dynamically stabilizes the affected segment while allowing for a streamlined surgical technique that preserves much of the natural anatomy.

The CD HORIZON LEGACY PEEK Rod is suited for stabilizing the spine in conjunction with an arthrodesis procedure. The system allows for reduced stress on the screw-bone anchor points and construct instrumentation and better stress distribution throughout the construct. The PEEK Rod material is also radiolucent, reducing scatter and artifact in CT and MRI images.

OR Live is a production of slp3D, an Internet broadcasting company which creates live and on-demand video-based communications solutions for clients in the healthcare industry.

About the Spinal Business at Medtronic

Medtronic's spinal business, based in Memphis, Tenn., is the global leader in today's spine market and is committed to advancing the treatment of spinal conditions. Medtronic's spinal business collaborates with world-renowned surgeons, researchers and innovative partners to offer state-of-the-art products and technologies for neurological, orthopedic, oral maxillofacial and spinal conditions. Medtronic is committed to developing affordable, minimally invasive procedures that provide lifestyle friendly surgical therapies. More information about the company and its spinal treatments can be found at and its patient-education Web sites,,, and

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology -- alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 28, 2006. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

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