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Anchor utilization trends with the implementation of a triple-loaded rotator cuff anchor

MOJ Orthopedics & Rheumatology
Blair A Rhode, William S Rhode 


As rotator cuff procedures have moved from open to arthroscopic, more attention has been paid to the use of anchors due to cost concerns and utilization of the real estate of the greater tuberosity footprint. A retrospective case series was performed to analyze anchor utilization during arthroscopic rotator cuff repair after triple-loaded anchors were available in comparison to the use of double-loaded anchors. One consecutive group of 69 patients had RCR with double-loaded anchors and a second consecutive group of 77 patients had RCR after triple-loaded anchors were available. For RC tear size greater than 2.5 cm2 the use of triple-loaded anchors resulted in a decreased use of nearly 1 anchor per repair. Level of evidence IV.


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