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Smith & Nephew Endoscopy Launches the FOOTPRINT PK Suture Anchor for Shoulder Repair
Date:4/24/2008

Enables surgeons to adjust suture tension during bridging procedures

ANDOVER, Mass., April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN) Endoscopy Division today announced the launch of the FOOTPRINT PK Suture Anchor, a system used to attach rotator cuff tissue to bone in the shoulder. The anchor is among products featured at the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Spring Meeting, which began today in Washington, D.C.

The objective during rotator cuff repair is to return the soft tissue to its original anatomic attachment site. Unlike early single row suture anchor techniques, which employed single-point re-attachment, the "footprint repair" approach uses multiple anchors in two rows, often with suture bridges that provide greater tissue-to-bone attachment (see attached).

Early approaches to cuff repair included transosseous tunnel repairs, which are still done today in some medical practices. During this procedure, the surgeon drills bone tunnels through the humeral head and laces suture through them. Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's FOOTPRINT PK Suture Anchor delivers a Transosseous Equivalent (TOE) repair without the need for drilling transosseous bone tunnels.

Its two-piece design allows for the shell of the anchor to be tapped into place. Then, independent of implantation, an inner plug is advanced, which secures the sutures running from the other anchor rows.

"The FOOTPRINT PK Suture Anchor enables surgeons to precisely apply the desired amount of suture tension that is necessary to maximize the construct strength on a case-by-case basis," said Dr. Nikhil Verma, an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center
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