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Orthop Clin North Am. 2001 Jul;32(3):411-21, viii.

Arthroscopic Bankart repair with the Suretac device for traumatic anterior shoulder instability in athletes.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Arthroscopic treatment of anterior shoulder instability in the athlete has evolved tremendously over the past decade. Currently, most techniques include the use of suture and suture anchors. However, the variety of arthroscopic instruments and techniques that are available shows the complexity of intra-articular tissue fixation, which includes anchor placement, suture passing, and knot tying. Stabilization using the Suretac device (Acufex Microsurgical, Mansfield, MA) simplifies tissue fixation by eliminating the need for arthroscopic suture passing and intra-articular knot tying. However, a successful outcome is highly dependent on accurate patient selection. Preoperative evaluation, examination under anesthesia, and the pathoanatomy defined by a thorough arthroscopic examination suggest the most effective treatment strategy. The ideal candidate for shoulder stabilization using the Suretac device is an athlete with a relatively pure traumatic anterior instability pattern with detachment pathology (e.g., Bankart lesion) and minimal capsular deformation.

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