Delayed migration of a metal suture anchor into the glenohumeral joint

Published online: Dec 27 2010

Sofie Goeminne, Philippe Debeer

From the University Hospital Pellenberg, Leuven, Belgium


Intra-articular migration is a known complication of poorly placed metallic suture anchors in rotator cuff repair and labral reconstruction. We report a case of intra-articular migration of a metallic suture anchor seven years after open labral reconstruction. Despite the fact that the patient remained asymptomatic for seven years, presence of an extra-osseous anchor was already noted postoperatively. In an era where the use of suture anchors has become common practice, surgeons should always be aware of possible anchor migration, especially when patients complain of sudden sharp pain, persistent pain, a catching sensation and loss of mobility.