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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

e strength of fixation across the shoulder.

A surgeon taps the anchor into the bone surface, and then seats it with a final twist. The surgeon controls the amount of tension applied to the repair by manually tightening the KINSA suture. Surgeons who use competing anchors don't have total control over the tension.

"Its design allows me to properly sink the anchor first, and then apply the amount of tension for optimal tissue-to-bone contact to promote healing," said Dr. Michael Terry, orthopedic surgeon based at the University of Chicago. "This is important because too much tension can interfere with blood flow in the tissue and compromise healing.

"Another benefit of this system is that it is so easy to use," Dr. Terry said. "There are no knots to tie and the instrumentation is simple and familiar."

The KINSA RC anchor is small -- about 1/2-inch in length -- and made from a unique, implantable PEEK-OPTIMA(R) polymer from Invibio(R), which closely matches the density of cortical bone. The implants deliver strong repair but do not show up on X-rays or distort MRIs, as metal anchors would.

"The KINSA RC Suture Anchor enhances our innovative line of shoulder fixation devices, which have been designed to provide the best possible repair for patients, and the most efficient delivery for busy shoulder surgeons," said Joe Darling, senior vice president and general manager of Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's Arthroscopic Repair strategic business unit.

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies.

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