DePuy Mitek Says New Healix Advance™ Rotator Cuff Anchors Tick All The Boxes

In short

Orthopaedic and Sports Med company DePuy Mitek, Inc., has announced the launch of the Healix Advance™ Family of Suture Anchors, a comprehensive new system of rotator cuff anchor and instrumentation solutions. The company says its new anchor design will enable faster insertion into hard bone and maximise fixation and pull-out strength.


According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), each year, approximately 200,000 Americans require shoulder surgery related to repair of the rotator cuff and another 400,000 have surgery for related rotator cuff tendonitis or partial tears. (2)

The Healix Advance Anchor is the company’s next generation suture anchor that includes the dual thread fixation technology of previous versions, but adds a new multi-thread design that enables faster insertion into hard bone and an awl-only bone preparation, in most cases. Dual thread technology independently engages both cancellous and cortical bone to maximise fixation and pull-out strength.

With a newly designed and fully supported distal tip across the radial plane, Healix Advance Anchors also provide high torsional strength across the entire length of the anchor. The anchors are available in either Biocryl® Rapide™, a biocomposite material that allows absorption and bone formation at the implant site (1) or radiolucent polyetheretherketone (PEEK), a biocompatible thermoplastic material. The 4.5mm, 5.5mm and 6.5 mm anchors are double or triple loaded with the company’s Orthochord® High Strength Suture.

Physician comments

“These new anchors have the strength and performance of previous Healix Anchors, but come in more sizes and have more options to improve surgical versatility,” said Mark H. Getelman, MD, Co-Director Sports Medicine Fellowship, Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys.* “Anchor insertion is faster and easier and the anchors provide the excellent strength and easy-sliding triple loaded suture characteristics I demand for single row rotator cuff repairs.”

The first Healix Anchor was introduced in 2008. Since then the company has added Healix Knotless™, Healix Transtend™ and now, Healix Advance Anchors.

Company comments

“The HEALIX Family of Anchors along with our suture technology, specialized instrumentation, and tissue ablation and fluid management technology offer surgeons a complete procedural solution for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair,” said Ian Lawson, Worldwide President, DePuy Mitek, Inc. “Our goal is to continue to advance the tools and techniques of soft tissue repair to provide surgeons greater choice and versatility while also helping to improve patient care.”

Source: DePuy Mitek, Inc.

*Paid consultant to DePuy Mitek, Inc.

1 Pre-clinical study. Data on file at DePuy Mitek, Inc. 2008

2American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (Jan. 2011) “New Guideline on Rotator Cuff Problems.”Retrieved from in August 2012