Patella Tendon Repair

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Evolution of Patella Tendon Repair

Suture anchor technology is one of the more modern ways surgeons fix a torn patellar tendon back to the patella itself. The overall function of these devices is to fix tendons and ligaments to bone. While originally developed more than 3 decades ago, suture anchors have undergone multiple modifications to increase its strength and applicability. From shoulders, to hips, to knees the use of suture anchors is ubiquitous in orthopaedics.

Further innovations in suture anchor design have seen the advent of knotless anchors, especially useful in minimally invasive surgery. The newest products are the all-suture anchors which show impressive strength whilst reducing the iatrogenic (surgeon produced) damage caused by insertion. Because of the low-profile nature of anchors, this technique more accurately re-creates the footprint at the patella and avoids articular cartilage penetration and injury to the surrounding soft tissue seen with bone tunnels.

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