Use of Suture Anchors and New Suture Materials in the Upper Extremity

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2501 Christian Street 103, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA.
Hand clinics (Impact Factor: 1.26). 11/2012; 28(4):511-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.hcl.2012.08.002
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Suture anchors are an important tool in the orthopedist's armamentarium. Their use is prevalent in surgery of the entire upper limb. Suture anchors have mostly obviated the need for multiple drill holes when striving for secure fixation of soft tissue to bone. As with most other orthopedic products, the designs of these anchors and the materials used to fabricate them have evolved as their use increased and their applications became more widespread. It is ultimately the surgeon's responsibility to be familiar with these rapidly evolving technologies and to use the most appropriate anchor for any given surgery.

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