Medical technology firm Smith & Nephew has introduced new Q-FIX All-Suture Anchor, in a bid to help surgeons carrying repair in which anatomic space is very limited.


The company has designed the anchor to carry out procedures such as rotator cuff repair and labrum repair in which anatomic space is limited.

The Q-FIX anchor is indicated for use in the shoulder and hip. It is available in both 1.8mm single loaded) and 2.8mm (double loaded) sizes with associated disposable and reusable instruments.

Smith & Nephew global sports medicine franchise vice-president Scott Schaffner said: "The Q-FIX implant is the next generation in the design of all-suture anchors.

"It offers surgeons the benefits and flexibility they love with all-suture anchors, as well as the fixation and pull-out strength they expect from much larger, hard anchors."

According to the company, the Q-FIX anchor uses a radially expanding implant that fully deploys at the same depth within the bone every time.

In addition, it uses an exclusive deployment dial located on the inserter’s handle to automatically tighten the suture to a target of 140 Newtons, as an insufficient tensioning can result in micromotion caused by the suture’s natural elasticity that may reduce anchor performance.

The company will showcase the new anchor at the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting in Las Vegas.

Image: Smith & Nephew’s Q-FIX All-Suture Anchor. Photo: courtesy of Smith & Nephew/ PRNewswire.