Techniques for suture anchor removal in shoulder surgery

Paul W. Grutter, Edward G. McFarland, Bashir A. Zikria, Dai Zhigang Dai, Steve A. Petersen

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Although suture anchor complications after arthroscopic shoulder surgery are uncommon, they can be devastating, such as articular cartilage or bone loss secondary to a dislodged or prominent suture anchor. Proper insertion of the anchor is the most important factor in the prevention of this complication, but if a complication occurs, prompt recognition and treatment are important to prevent damage to the shoulder. The goals were to (1) discuss strategies for preventing or dealing with dislodged or prominent suture anchors and (2) introduce techniques for removal of these implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1706-1710
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010


  • arthroscopy
  • complications
  • shoulder
  • suture anchors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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