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ArthroCare suture system receives FDA approval

ArthroCare, a developer of minimally invasive surgical products, has received the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its SpeedFix suture system (SpeedFix).

SpeedFix is made of PEEK (polyether-etherketone) polymer and is designed to repair tears of the labrum in a shoulder.

SpeedFix anchors, which are double-loaded with ArthroCare’s high-strength MagnumWire suture facilitates surgeons with independent bone locking, suture tensioning and suture locking to attach tissues to the glenoid.

ArthroCare devices use its patented Coblation technology that dissolves target tissue and limits damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

The company’s surgical devices also use patented technology including its OPUS line of fixation products as well as re-usable surgical instruments.

ArthroCare said SpeedFix is expected to complement its suture anchors and suture passing technology, including FirstPass.