Mattress double anchor footprint repair: a novel, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair technique

Arthroscopy. 2004 Oct;20(8):875-9. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2004.07.015.


In an effort to increase the immediate strength of a rotator cuff repair and to simulate the standard open reconstruction with its effective suture fixation, we have developed a novel technique for suture anchor reconstruction of the rotator cuff. The technique, termed mattress double anchor (MDA), is simple and adaptable. It makes use of 2 suture anchors that are placed independently and then connected by a suture loop. The technique produces a repair construct that distributes the stress across 2 anchors. The method also restores a large surface area for healing between the rotator cuff and the tuberosity.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Suture Techniques / trends
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery