In the last three months, the USPTO has granted four additional U.S. patents that cover the KATOR technology. This expands the total patent portfolio to seven issued U.S. patents with additional patents pending. The four newly issued patents are: U.S. Patent 10,143,462, "Transosseous Suture Anchor Method"; U.S. Patent 10,154,868, "Transosseous Method"; U.S. Patent 10,194,898, "Suture Anchor"; and U.S. Patent 10,226,243, "Transosseous Suture Anchor."
The KATOR technology features the KATOR Knotless Suture Anchor and the BoneStitch Transosseous Suture Passer, and both products facilitate arthroscopic procedures. The KATOR Knotless Suture Anchor locks more strands of suture than any equivalent size knotless suture anchor on the market. Additionally, the KATOR Knotless Suture Anchor facilitates suture tension adjustment after the suture anchor is fully seated in the bone, allowing the surgeon to evaluate the final repair construct and make necessary adjustments prior to the knotless locking of the suture. The BoneStitch Transosseous Suture Passer enables the fastest and most reliable technique on the market for simultaneously creating a bone tunnel and passing suture through the bone tunnel.
In a recent publication in a leading peer review medical journal, biomechanical testing demonstrated the superior performance of a knotless, transosseous repair using only two KATOR Knotless Suture Anchors compared to a traditional knotless, transosseous equivalent repair using four suture anchors.1
KATOR is a medical device company founded and operated by Surgical Frontiers.
Surgical Frontiers develops advanced surgical technologies that are ready for clinical use. Focused primarily on musculoskeletal injuries and pathologies, the company collaborates with surgeons, industry, universities, and investors to bring advanced surgical technologies to the market that improve healthcare.
1 Tashjian, RZ, et al., "Biomechanical Comparison of Transosseous Knotless Rotator Cuff Repair Versus Transosseous Equivalent Repair: Half The Anchors With Equivalent Biomechanics?" Arthroscopy, 2018 Jan;34(1):58-63.