“I have been using true transosseous tunneled fixation for 90% of my arthroscopic Rotator Cuff repairs since starting practice nearly 7 years ago, both in a hospital setting and in a surgeon owned ambulatory surgery center. I have paired with anchor fixation for large tears using a hybrid technique as well.
I have repeatedly recognized the value of tunneling in the revision setting. Working around existing anchors or large cystic defects at the articular margin or laterally on the greater tuberosity from previous anchors is a huge advantage to tunneling.
I cannot provide any data at this point, but my gestalt comparing post-operative pain, is a substantial difference favoring tunneled repair versus anchored repair.
I was introduced to the Tensor Tunneler and quickly recognized the advantages over competitive tunneling devices. In terms of the device itself, it is straight forward and easy to use, but the dramatic difference is the predictability of capture of the shuttling suture in the tunneler. This reproducibility has improved my overall case efficiency. Further, the cost of the passing needle is far less than the system I used previously and has delivered increased case reimbursements at the ambulatory surgery center.”
Peter S. Johnston, M.D.
South Maryland Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center