Surgeons see the need for herniated disc repair using the AnchorKnot® Tissue Approximation Kit


Wilmington, North Carolina (05-01-2019)

The AnchorKnot® Tissue Approximation Kit continues to see increased adoption in the US. Over the past year, Dr. George Van Huffmon and Dr. R. Mark Rodger operating out of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina have been providing herniated disc repair using the AnchorKnot Tissue Approximation Kit.  

Research has shown that the reherniation rate for patients undergoing a discectomy procedure for a herniated disc is 10-15%.  Dr. Huffmon’s own research has shown that within the first three months (following surgery) there is an increased risk of recurrent herniation.

The AnchorKnot Tissue Repair system allows surgeons to maintain a minimally invasive technique and closure of defects in herniated disc repair procedures. The surgeons at the Atlantic Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists and at EmergeOrtho recognize the benefits of the AnchorKnot device and screen their patients for possible candidates.   Dr. Huffmon comments, “If we can repair the tissue defect, then there might be some added value to the discectomy procedure”.

Neil Godara, VP R&D of Anchor Orthopedics, comments that “We are increasingly hearing from physicians that the AnchorKnot system answers the call for an efficient solution to defect closure in a discectomy procedure.   We developed the AnchorKnot system specifically to help in herniated disc repair procedures and we are looking forward to working with physicians such as Dr. Huffmon and Dr. Rodger who are motivated to improve patient outcomes and reduce rehospitalizations.”


About Atlantic Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists:

Atlantic Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists, PA, are committed to providing compassionate, quality care. They offer comprehensive patient evaluations, conservative treatment options, and state-of-the-art surgical techniques. Their surgeons specialize in the latest minimally-invasive spinal surgery techniques that have been shown to result in decreased blood loss, decreased risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery.


About Anchor Orthopedics:

Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc., the developer of the AnchorKnot® Tissue Approximation Kit, aims to provide surgeons with novel solutions that optimize procedures in herniated disc repair in an effort to preserve the biomechanics of the patient and improve surgical outcomes. Our mission is to work closely with surgeons on all aspects of development to create clinical solutions that serve to improve the lives of patients around the world. Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc., located in Mississauga, Canada, is a subsidiary of Baylis Medical Company Inc. For more information, visit and connect with us on LinkedIn.


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Ester Kwok
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Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc.
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PRM-00451 EN J-1 V-1 © Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc., 2019. Anchor Orthopedics XT and AnchorKnot are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc. in the USA and/or other countries.

CAUTION: Federal Law (USA) restricts the use of these devices to or by the order of a physician.

Before use, consult product labels and Instructions for Use for Indications for Use, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, Adverse Events and Directions for Use. The AnchorKnot Suture Passer (2-0) is an accessory of the Anchor System. The Anchor System is indicated for visualization of the surgical field in any area of the body cut open during a surgical procedure. When used in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine either from an anterior or posterior direction, for example, the Anchor Endoscope and accessories are intended to aid the surgeon’s visualization of the surgical area and allow him/her to perform any type of surgical spinal procedure such as herniated disc repair, visualization of the circumferential decompression of the nerve roots, aiding in the search and removal of nucleus material, spinal fusion, or insertion of spinal implants. Other examples of generic surgical use of the Anchor System would be for use in the knee, ankle, shoulder, hand, wrist, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Patents pending and/or issued.

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