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Failure of a Unidirectional Barbed-Suture Device at the Arthrotomy Repair Site Following Total and Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty

A Case Report

Berliner, Zachary P., MD1; Bhagat, Priyal V., DO2; Zawodzinski, Rachel E., PA-C2; Turner, Alyson L., PA-C1; Hepinstall, Matthew S., MD2; Rodriguez, José A., MD1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.18.00041
Case Reports

Case: We report the failure of a routine arthrotomy repair following knee arthroplasty. Five additional cases of arthrotomy failure occurred within a 14-month period during which a specific unidirectional knotless barbed suture device had been used for arthrotomy closure.

Conclusion: Additional study on larger cohorts may be useful to understand the effectiveness of barbed suture for arthrotomy closure in knee arthroplasty.

1Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service, Department of Orthopaedics, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

2Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction, Department of Orthopaedics, Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health, New York, NY

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