Smith & Nephew’s Endoscopy Division has launchede FOOTPRINT PK Suture Anchor, a system used to attach rotator cuff tissue to bone in the shoulder.

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. 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.

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

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.