The medical device industry as a whole is under fire. Pricing pressures, the ongoing European recession, and tough competition have all come together to hit revenues at leading device makers. Medtronic hasn't been immune to those damages as the largest pure medical device maker, and its spine business -- its second-largest segment  by sales -- has seen revenue fall 5% over the last nine months as a result.

What's Medtronic's response? The company plans to cut 230 jobs at its spine business and slash costs by 5% in order to compensate for the falling sales. With other companies in the industry also seeing spine revenue lagging -- Stryker's own spine sales fell 4% in 2012 -- will this measure be enough? Motley Fool contributor Dan Carroll and health care analyst Max Macaluso discuss this question and more in the video below.

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