Smith & Nephew Endoscopy introduces the BICEPTOR Tenodesis System to treat injuries to the biceps tendon in the shoulder. According to the company, the system is the first that enables surgeons to re-attach the biceps tendon to the humerus, or upper arm bone, using an all-arthroscopic technique. Using the tenodesis system, the product works like this:
- The surgeon drills a tunnel in the humerus and secures healthy biceps tendon tissue inside it using the BIOSURE™ PK Interference Screw.
- The BIOSURE PK Interference Screw is molded from PEEK® by Invibio, a polymer whose strength, stiffness and biocompatibility are similar to those of cortical bone.
- The screw's tapered shape and thread pattern compress the tendon tissue against the walls of the bone tunnel, providing multiple potential attachment points.
- With the tendon re-attached, the damaged section of the biceps tendon is cut away.