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Editorial Policy

Medtronic's mission is to contribute to human welfare by application of biomedical engineering in the research, design, manufacture, and sale of instruments or appliances that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life.

This Web site is for patients. We are committed to providing patients with relevant and reliable information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal conditions. Nevertheless, the information provided on this Web site is for educational purposes only. After all, what you read here cannot replace the relationship that you have with your healthcare professional. Always consult your healthcare professional before acting on any health-related information that you read on this or any other Web site.

Unless specified otherwise, our editorial staff writes and/or edits all of the content on this Web site.

The editorial team responsible for the content on this Web site is comprised of technical writers who all hold bachelor or master of science degrees, but who are not medical professionals. The team has 15 years combined experience in writing specifically for Medtronic's patient education Web sites. All are active in their profession, and hold memberships in organizations such as the Council of Scientific Editors, American Medical Writers Association, and Society for Technical Communication. Our staff's principal technical writer holds certifications in pharmaceutical writing, as well as in editing and writing from the American Medical Writers Association.

Prior to publishing any content on the site, it is reviewed by a medically qualified professional (e.g., orthopaedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, physicians' assistant, nurse). It is then reviewed by a technical writer for consistency, coherence, structure, and format.

Medically qualified professionals contribute a wealth of content to this site. A byline accompanies this content, giving the author's name and medical credentials.

This Web site is wholly owned and operated by Medtronic. As such, we do not license health content from third parties for publication on our site. In addition, we do not publish sponsored content.

Where appropriate, content on this site is supported by references to source data.

The date when an article of content was posted and last modified is displayed at the bottom of the article.

If you have questions or comments about our editorial policy, Contact Us, or write us a letter, sent First Class Postage Prepaid U.S. Mail or overnight courier, addressed as follows:

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  • Published: April 17, 2002
  • Updated: October 30, 2013