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US nod for ArthroCare's Spartan PEEK suture system

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Spartan PEEK suture implant system developed by ArthroCare has gained US 510(k) clearance from the FDA. Spartan is a preloaded PEEK threaded anchor designed to help fix soft tissue to bone. Spartan has a 5.5mm screw-in design which provides stronger pull-out strength, particularly in soft bone, and can be used to perform single and double row repairs. Spartan is manufactured from polyether-etherketone (PEEK), a material widely used in orthopaedic implants. The device will be used to reattach rotator cuff tendons to bone, Austin, Texas-based ArthroCare said. More than 400,000 patients undergo rotator cuff surgery each year in the US.

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