Mitek Sports Medicine has announced the launch of its smallest dual-thread suture anchor for rotator cuff repair, the HEALIX™ 3.4mm Suture Anchor. This coincides with the introduction of a new double-loaded minimally invasive partial thickness rotator cuff (PTRC) repair system, as part of its HEALIX TRANSTEND™ Implant System (pictured).
The HEALIX 3.4mm Suture Anchor is about 38 percent smaller than conventional suture anchors and features dual-thread technology, which engages both cortical and cancellous bone for optimal strength. The implants are double loaded with ORTHOCORD® High Strength Suture and are available in BIOCRYL® RAPIDE™ Biocomposite Material or radiolucent polyetheretherketone (PEEK).
The second part of the company’s release details Mitek’s system for repairing partially torn rotator cuffs, HEALIX TRANSTEND. This toolkit is designed to provide a combination of optimal fixation strength and minimal trauma to surrounding intact tissue. The percutaneous system includes the PERCANNULA™ System and HEALIX TRANSTEND Anchors in a combination which the company says maximizes procedural visualization and preserves the patient’s natural anatomy.
The HEALIX TRANSTEND Anchor features a dual- thread pattern and is available in three kinds of materials: BR, PEEK and Titanium (TI), and is preloaded with one or two strands of ORTHOCORD High Strength Suture.
On the new HEALIX 3.4mm anchor, Amir Moinfar, MD, consultant to the company and an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Maryland commented; “Healix 3.4mm offers me the versatility of Biocryl Rapide and PEEK options, and its small diameter enables more precise placement, and occupies less of the footprint than larger suture anchors. However, despite its small size, the HEALIX 3.4mm anchor has the pullout characteristics needed for medial row fixation, and the double-loaded ORTHOCORD gives me the opportunity for a variety of spanning options for incorporating lateral fixation.”
Source: Mitek Sports Medicine