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The strength of the common type of surgical knot (without any bone anchor) was also evaluated.
The system was designed to provide surgeons with a minimally invasive, totally arthroscopic approach to repairing torn rotator cuffs, eliminating surgical knot tying and the complexities of suture management in an arthroscopic setting.
The barb and loop end effector design allowed for tissue approximation without the need to tie surgical knots, except when the two sutures were tied together at the end of the reconstruction.