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J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2012 Jul;20(7):459-71. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-20-07-459.

Tissue anchor use in arthroscopic glenohumeral surgery.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, USA.


Arthroscopic surgery has become the mainstay of treatment of several common glenohumeral pathologies such as tears of the rotator cuff and labrum. Arthroscopic rotator cuff and labral repair provide outcomes comparable to those achieved with traditional open techniques, with the benefits of smaller incisions and less soft-tissue disruption. Development and improvement of tissue anchors and arthroscopic instrumentation has been integral to the increased popularity of arthroscopic glenohumeral repairs. Current anchors can be categorized by design and material composition. Awareness of the advantages and limitations of these implants may influence anchor selection.

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