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Meniscal Preservation

All-Inside Repair

Tried and True: All-inside Meniscal Repair

When the original FAST-FIX Meniscal Repair System was introduced, the benchmark for non-invasive, all-inside repairs was set. Thanks to an innovative design, this system enabled surgeons to deploy two implants vertically or horizontally on either side of the meniscus, tighten the suture, and trim the excess.

Building on the success of this original design, are the ULTRA FAST-FIX and FAST-FIX 360 Meniscal Repair Systems.

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Unlike conventional suture-based repair systems, the ULTRA FAST-FIX System delivers a pre-tied, self-sliding knot designed to eliminate the need for intra-articular knot tying. Additional features include our ULTRABRAID Suture, which provides easy knot sliding advantages over traditional polyester suture, the choice of curved and reversed-curved needles designed for easy access to a multitude of tear sites and your pick of PEEK-OPTIMA® or PLLA implant material.

First we set the standard: then we raised the bar. The FAST-FIX 360 System improves on those standards by raising the bar with new features and benefits which include:


One-handed, fast-click, active implant deployment
The unique 360° actuation design enables one-handed, fast-click, active deployment of implants in any hand position – vertically, horizontally on either side of the meniscus.

Minimal disruption to the meniscus
Smaller implants and pre-tied, self-sliding knot made of ULTRABRAID 2-0 Suture
create smaller needle insertions, designed to reduce disruption to the meniscus.

Low profile with improved control
Low-profile, stiffer needle shaft improves control and is designed to enable access and visibility to hard-to-reach areas of the meniscus.

Built-in adjustable depth penetration
Set needle depth penetration from 10mm to18mm with the simple push of a button.

Strong with clinically proven FAST-FIX Meniscal Repair Technology
Like its predecessor, the FAST-FIX 360 System has biomechanical properties that best reproduce the vertical mattress suture technique.1


1 Data on file at Smith & Nephew: ITR 4080, “FAST-FIX 360 System vs. Competitors,” (2010).

Outside-In Repair

Meniscus Mender II Repair Set: OUTSIDE-IN Access to Anterior Tears

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The Meniscus Mender II Set is designed for repairing the meniscus under arthroscopic visualization and is ideally suited for anterior horn tears and middle-third tears. The Set allows surgeons to work from the outside of the knee into the joint, instead of starting sutures inside the capsule and exiting less predictably out the back.

The Meniscus Mender II Repair Set utilizes curved and straight needles and a patented suture capture loop.

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Depending on the patient’s anatomy, a combination of curved and straight needles may be used to best access the tear. The flexibility of these components allows the surgeon to use the outside-in approach, which may help minimize the risk of damage to neurovascular structures during the repair.

Inside-out Repair

MENISCAL STITCHER Repair Set: INSIDE-OUT Delivery with Smaller Needle Diameter

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Classic inside-out techniques remain a viable solution for the repair of many kinds of meniscal tears. Providing the versatility to address a variety of tear patterns, the ability to deliver sutures with smaller needles, and with proven long-term results, inside-out techniques have been considered the gold standard for arthroscopic meniscus repair2.

Designed specifically for inside-out procedures and to be customized to the unique needs of each procedure the Meniscal Stitcher Set features several straight and curved double lumen cannulas, as well as a posterior access cannula, thimble and bending tool. The set is completed with its own sterilization tray and is complimented by a variety of disposable needles.

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2 Nelson C and Bonner K, “Inside-Out Meniscus Repair,” Arthroscopy Techniques 2 no. 4 (2013):453-460. 

Root Repair & Transplantation

MENISCAL ROOT Repair System: Reproduce the anatomical footprint

A meniscus root tear may be defined as either an avulsion of the meniscal root from its attachment point or a radial root tear within1cm of the root attachment.

Our Meniscal Root Repair System features aimers designed to maneuver around the tibial eminence and is designed to support one- or two-tunnel procedures. The included guide has offsets of between 5-8mm, which allow it to facilitate the ideal location of the second tunnel.


MAT Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: Solutions and surgical technique

Meniscal allograft transplantation can be used for the reconstruction of large meniscal defects or when the meniscal rim is deficient and the meniscus is no longer functional. Smith & Nephew provides a complete suite of meniscal repair solutions designed for arthroscopic meniscal allograft transplantation procedures. Please see our resource page for additional information.

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Education Website

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Technique guidance and instructional videos for meniscal repair are available from leading surgeons on our education web site, Education and Evidence.

Join the experts today and gain access to a collection of educational videos on meniscal repair, as well as:

  • Scientific literature
  • Surgical technique guides
  • Course and personalized training opportunities


Search for: “Arthroscopic Meniscal Allograft Transplantation” in the Apple® iBook Store.

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Save the Meniscus: Complete Support for Meniscal Preservation Techniques

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