Editorial Commentary: All-Suture Anchors, Foam Blocks, and Biomechanical Testing

Arthroscopy. 2017 Jun;33(6):1122-1123. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2017.01.012.


Barber's biomechanical work is well known to Arthroscopy's readers as thorough, comprehensive, and inclusive of new designs as they become available. In "All-Suture Anchors: Biomechanical Analysis of Pullout Strength, Displacement, and Failure Mode," the latest iteration, Barber and Herbert test all-suture anchors in both porcine femurs and biphasic foam. While we await in vivo clinical trials that compare all-suture anchors to currently used anchors, Barber and Herbert have provided data to inform anchor choice, and using their biomechanical data at time zero from all-suture anchor trials in an animal model, we can determine the anchors' feasibility for human clinical investigations.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arthroscopy
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Femur / surgery
  • Humans
  • Suture Anchors*
  • Suture Techniques*
  • Swine