Illinois surgeon-inventor earns patent for orthopedic device

Orthopedic

Rockford-based OrthoIllinois' Scott Trenhaile, MD, has received a U.S. patent for a surgical suture anchor that will be produced by Smith+Nephew, according to a Sept. 4 rrstar.com report.

Four things to know:

1. The knotless anchor facilitates internal locking of the sutures for improved fixation and less suture slippage.

2. The device works in conjunction with Regenesorb, a Smith+Nephew biologic material, to support bone growth and replace the absorbable anchor.

3. Dr. Trenhaile has also developed a less invasive technique for repairing large rotator cuff tears and co-invented an all-arthroscopic biceps tenodesis technique and system.

4. He is clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford and a faculty member at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

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