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Arthroscopy. 1998 Oct;14(7):773-6.

Loop security as a determinant of tissue fixation security.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, P.A., USA.


Secure arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff tears and Bankart lesions requires tight knots (knot security). Equally important, but usually overlooked, is the tightness of the suture loop (loop security). This study compared loop security in knots tied with No. 1 PDS suture using three different methods: (1) hand-tied, (2) single-hole standard knot pusher, and (3) cannulated double-diameter knot pusher. The results of this study show that the double-diameter knot pusher maintained tight suture loops that were equivalent in circumference to hand-tied loops and were significantly tighter than suture loops tied with a standard single-hole knot pusher. This study highlights the fact that loop security is equally important to knot security in tissue fixation.

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