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A bone anchor includes an anchor body configured to be retained within bone and to receive a flexible member such that the flexible member can be pulled in a first direction while, without the aid of an enlarged portion on the flexible member, subsequent movement in a second, opposite direction can be limited. The anchor body includes a restrictor configured to engage the flexible member to selectively restrict passage of the flexible member through an opening. A tissue repair system includes first and second bone anchors coupled by a flexible member. An anchor with attached flexible member is placed in bone, and the flexible member is moved through an opening in the anchor in a first direction. The anchor is configured to limit subsequent movement of the flexible member in at least a second opposite direction.

Title
Tissue repair system
Application Number
9/986392
Publication Number
6986781 (B2)
Application Date
November 8, 2001
Publication Date
January 17, 2006
Inventor
Graham Smith
Plaistow
NH, US
Agent
Fish & Richardson P C
Assignee
Smith & Nephew
TN, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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