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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy

On Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at 6 pm CDT, OR-Live will broadcast two (2) bariatric procedures; a laparoscopic gastric bypass performed at Flagler Hospital, in St. Augustine, Florida and a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy performed at Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Both procedures were recorded live-to-tape and are presented unedited during this combined broadcast.

The gastric bypass procedure will be performed by Robert Marema, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Bariatric Services, Flagler Hospital and CEO of U.S. Bariatric. Michael Perez, MD, FACS, Medical Director Bariatric Surgery, Holy Cross Hospital will perform the gastric sleeve procedure. Both surgeons will use Peri-Strips Dry® with Veritas® Collagen Matrix Staple Line Reinforcement ("PSD Veritas"). PSD Veritas is an innovative non-permanent biologic material which is easy to prepare, provides increased resistance to leaks and rupture, allows for natural healing, and transitions into histologically indistinguishable host tissue. Approximately 100,000 units of PSD Veritas have been manufactured and marketed by Synovis since 2005.

Questions from healthcare professionals and the general public can be sent to Dr. Marema or Dr. Perez during the broadcast and the seven days following the broadcast. Drs. Marema and Perez will address questions during this period as time permits.

Peri-Strips Dry with Veritas Collagen Matrix, from Synovis Life Technologies, is a non-cross-linked biologic material derived from bovine pericardium and is indicated for use in reinforcement of staple lines during soft tissue repair, including lung and bronchus resections, bariatric procedures and gastric, small bowel and mesentery procedures. PSD Veritas is available in both linear and circular configurations and is designed to fit on all of the commonly used open and laparoscopic surgical staplers. PSD Veritas is produced through a patented process that results in a biocompatible and acellular remodelable material. Once implanted, PSD Veritas provides a scaffold for connective tissue protein synthesis and host tissue in-growth. The result is the seamless integration of PSD Veritas into the surrounding host tissue.

About Synovis Life Technologies

Synovis Life Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGM:SYNO), based in St. Paul, Minn., is a diversified medical device company engaged in developing, manufacturing, and bringing to market medical devices for the surgical and interventional treatment of disease.

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Robert Marema

Robert Marema, MD, FACS

Michael Perez

Michael Perez, MD, FACS