Sports Medicine

Smith+Nephew launches HEALICOIL™ KNOTLESS Suture Anchor; redefines healing potential for rotator cuff repair

LONDON, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Smith+Nephew (LSE:SN,NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, announces the launch of the HEALICOIL KNOTLESS Suture Anchor, expanding its revolutionary line of Advanced Healing Solutions for rotator cuff repair. This portfolio includes the innovative REGENETEN Bioinductive Implant and novel REGENESORB Material.

The unique open architecture design of the HEALICOIL KNOTLESS Suture Anchor coupled with REGENESORB Material is designed to facilitate a jump start in bone healing and formation.

With the most open architecture design among leading competitors1* and with less foreign material entering the body1, the repair site can be accessed by bone marrow and associated stem cells leading to healing and better bone ingrowth.2,3

The advanced biocomposite REGENESORB Material encourages the implant to be absorbed and replaced by bone within 24 months.4-6

“The real advantage of the [HEALICOIL] open architecture is that the marrow elements from the bone can reach the bone-tendon interface to promote healing where it is most needed” commented Ian Lo, MD FRCS(C), Assistant Professor, University of Calgary. “We have seen that the anchor leads to more robust healing of the tendon to the bone.”

Smith+Nephew’s Advanced Healing Solutions for rotator cuff repair is a suite of disruptive technologies that together create an environment designed to enhance the body’s biological response to healing.7-11

“We are fully committed to providing our customers with world-class, comprehensive procedural solutions that help not just fix their patients but truly heal them so they can get back to living life unlimited as quickly as possible,” said Scott Schaffner, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Sports Medicine, Smith+Nephew. “The launch of HEALICOIL KNOTLESS as part of our Advanced Healing Solutions portfolio is further reinforcement of our commitment to redefine the body’s healing potential.”


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  3. Smith + Nephew 2010. Micro-CT and histological evaluation of specimens from resorbable screw study (RS-II / OM1-08) 24-month post-implantation. Internal Report WRP-TE045-700-08.
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  8. Arnoczky SP, Bishai SK, Schofield B, et al. Histologic Evaluation of Biopsy Specimens Obtained After Rotator Cuff Repair Augmented With a Highly Porous Collagen Implant. Arthroscopy. 2017;33(2):278-283
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About Smith+Nephew

Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology business that exists to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 17,500+ employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global franchises of Orthopaedics, Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT.

Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $5.1 billion in 2019. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN,NYSE:SNN). The terms ‘Group’ and ‘Smith+Nephew’ are used to refer to Smith & Nephew plc and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

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