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ArthroCare's SpeedFix anchor cleared by FDA

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The US FDA has granted 510(k) clearance for ArthroCare's SpeedFix suture anchor system. The device, a push-in anchor made of polyether-etherketone (PEEK), is intended for the repair of tears in the labrum, a tissue rim that helps stabilise the shoulder joint. SpeedFix ensures that tissues are securely attached to the glenoid, which forms the "socket" part of the joint. Austin, Texas-based arthrocare already markets a broad line of suture anchors and suture passing technology, including FirstPass.

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