Often termed tissue anchors or bone anchors, these implants are practical alternatives to bone tunnels, screw-washer combinations, and other methods of attaching soft tissue to bone. Anchors are easy to use in locations where bone tunnels are not readily placed and represent a smaller profile than screw/washer combinations. IMEX™ anchors were developed in conjunction with several referral surgical facilities. All anchors and related suture materials should be considered temporary fixation devices that allow tissue to heal to its original location, protect primary soft tissue repairs during the early phases of healing, or facilitate the formation of fibrous tissue to assist in maintaining joint stability. Suture anchors are threaded implants designed to maximize implant/bone interface by being screwed into bone. Pre-drilling is required; however, the anchors are self-tapping.
Recommended drill bit diameters are 2.0mm for the 2.7mm anchor, 2.7mm for the 4.0mm anchor and 3.5mm for the 4.7mm anchor. Smaller drill bits can be utilized in soft, juvenile bone locations if desired. In very dense bone, slightly larger drill bits might be considered. The use of StickTite™ drill bits enhances accuracy of drill hole locations.
Suture anchors are screwed into bone to act as insertion points for sutures used in reconstruction of ligaments, joint capsules and tendons.
4.0mm and 4.7mm anchor drivers contain a unique, tapered channel in the shaft end to simplify handling and application of the anchor. The 2.7mm anchor driver is designed differently with a slotted design allowing surgeons to position the suture of choice before driving the anchor.
Anchor caddy is labeled with anchor dimensions and part numbers to simplify inventory management. Caddy design simplifies anchor retrieval directly into self-retaining anchor driver. Autoclavable.
Occasionally used to facilitate anchor application in very dense bone.