Novel ultrasound assisted suture anchor system using the BoneWelding® technology yields a comparable primary stability in osteopenic and healthy human humeri as a benchmark anchor

Mehmet F. GÜLEÇYÜZ, Christian SCHRÖDER, Matthias F. PİETSCHMANN, Stephanie GÖBEL, Mario LEHMANN, Jörg MAYER, Andreas FİCKLSCHERER, Volkmar JANSSON, Peter E. MÜLLER,


The aim of this biomechanical study was to evaluate the primary stability of the SportWelding® Sombrero 3.6 mm suture anchor system in osteopenic and healthy cadaveric humeri.
The Sombrero® and BioCorkscrew® anchors were deployed in 8 osteopenic and 4 healthy cadaver humeri after the bone mineral density (BMD) measurements of the 32 specimens. Both anchors were loaded with a USP Nr. 2 FiberWire® suture. An established cyclic testing protocol was performed. The maximum failure load (Fmax), the system displacement and the modes of failure were recorded.
The Fmax and system displacement of the Sombrero® in osteopenic and healthy humeri was equivalent to the Bio-Corkscrew® benchmark anchor; there were no significant differences in the maximum failure loads and system displacement values. Only anchor and suture dislocations were observed; suture ruptures did not occur.
This study shows that the Sombrero® yields similar maximum failure loads and system displacement values as the established Bio-Corkscrew® benchmark anchor. The primary stability of the Sombrero® and Bio-Corkscrew® seems to be independent of the bone mineral quality. This relatively small-sized polymer anchor is independent of the BMD and may be an alternative to established suture anchors in rotator cuff repair.
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  • Biomechanics
  • Ultrasound
  • Suture anchor
  • Rotator cuff
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone welding
  • Bone density

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