Recycling suture limbs from knotless suture anchors for arthroscopic shoulder stabilization

Timothy S. Johnson, Christine M. DiPompeo, Zahra C. Ismaeli, Polly A. Porter, Shannon L. Nicholson, David C. Johnson

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Recurrent shoulder instability often leads to labral abnormality that requires surgical intervention that may require fixation with suture anchors. The proposed surgical technique allows the surgeon to achieve 2 points of fixation around the labrum and/or capsule with a single suture secured to the glenoid with a knotless anchor. Instead of cutting and discarding the residual suture limbs after anchor insertion, this technique uses the residual suture limbs of the knotless anchor for a second suture pass. This technique (1) creates a more cost- and time-efficient surgical procedure than using multiple single-loaded anchors or double-loaded anchors, (2) decreases the known risk of glenoid fracture from the stress riser at the implant tips of multi-anchor repairs by reducing the number of anchors required for stabilization, (3) decreases the surgical time compared with the use of double-loaded anchors through simpler suture management and less knot tying, (4) allows for the secure reapproximation of the labrum to the glenoid while offering a convenient option for capsulorrhaphy without the need to insert another anchor, and (5) yields more points of soft-tissue fixation with fewer anchors drilled into the glenoid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e361-e365
JournalArthroscopy Techniques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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