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Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's KINSA(R) RC Suture Anchor Designed for Secure Repair of Rotator Cuff Injuries
Date:9/26/2007

Encased self-locking sliding knot enables surgeons to control tension,

avoid tissue damage

ANDOVER, Mass., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN) Endoscopy Division today announced the launch of the KINSA RC 5.5 Suture Anchor, designed to provide secure repair of shoulder injuries stemming from tears to the rotator cuff -- the group of muscles and tendons that control shoulder motion.

Surgeons can repair these injuries using arthroscopic -- or minimally invasive -- techniques with specialized instruments and devices such as the KINSA RC Suture Anchor, which re-attaches the torn tissue to restore mobility.

The KINSA RC Suture Anchor is the second in Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's line of KINSA suture anchors. The original KINSA anchor, for treatment of shoulder instability, was released in 2006. Both KINSA anchors encase a sliding, self-locking knot that permits the surgeon to secure the repair without tying knots on top of the tissue. Surgical knots in arthroscopic repairs can sometimes loosen or cause irritation of surrounding tissue. The KINSA RC anchor instead delivers "low profile" repair, without knots or protrusions to interfere with the joint motion.

Successful rotator cuff repair requires that a suture anchor sit securely in the cortical, or dense outer layer of bone, and that the surgeon controls the tension of the sutures that hold repaired tissue in place.

The anchor is well suited for "double-row" fixation, a procedure that clinical studies have shown delivers the superior rotator cuff repair and shoulder mobility. This technique calls for the surgeon to anchor the rotator cuff tissue at several points, distributing th
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