Editorial Commentary: Shoulder Repair All-Suture Fixators: Anchors Away or Tell Us Why Not?
© 2019 Arthroscopy Association of North America The current array of shoulder repair anchors, techniques, and constructs vary greatly and offer many choices to optimize soft-tissue healing to bone. The widely used all-suture anchor designs represent an innovative option that allows for versatile delivery and a low-profile anchor construct that minimizes bone drilling and preserves native bone. Various reports of tissue reactions to copolymer and biocomposite materials and now all-suture anchors have been published raising concerns in some cases over safety, adverse events, and clinical performance. Other studies have described reactions in which the clinical correlative significance remains unclear. Determination of what matters and what is significant will help to decide if radiographic tunnel enlargement does occur over time and if it changes our clinical decision-making and choice of which anchors to use.
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