Iconix HA+

The future of all-suture.


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Dual-modality HA+ coating

The Iconix HA+ coating was designed with HA and bioglass as these materials have been shown to accelerate bone healing at early implantation time.1,2,3​

Hydroxyapatite + Bioglass

Hydroxyapatite is a stable compound shown to be osteoconductive and osteophyllic,4 with a close structural and chemical resemblance to bone material.5

Bioglass is a rapidly dissolving compound with two modes of bioactivity: bone bonding and osteostimulation.6,7,8 

The Hydroxyapatite and bioglass have been shown in published studies to promote biological fixation between bone and a coated implant.1,9


Osteostimulatory effect

Upon implantation, the ionic constituents of bioglass may be released into the surrounding environment and may react with bodily fluids to facilitate the deposition of a thin layer of physiologic calcium phosphate at its surface, thus attracting osteoblasts to the layer to create a matrix that promotes an osteostimulatory effect.6,7,8,10

In conjunction, the HA surface may act as a nucleating site for bone minerals,10,11 thus promoting the adhesion and proliferation of osteoblastic cells on the anchor surface.1,12

Creating the potential for accelerated bony integration

An ovine animal study, comparing Iconix HA+ to an uncoated all-suture implant, was designed to evaluate the implants with respect to bone ongrowth at 4, 8 and 12 weeks.

In a blinded histomorphometry analysis at 8 weeks, the uncoated implant showed no integration (n=4), while Iconix HA+ showed bone integration in all samples (n=4).13

Comparison at 4 weeks

Histology images of an Iconix HA+ anchor (size 2.3mm) and a leading competitor all-suture anchor (single-loaded) at 4 weeks post-implantation in a large animal ovine study.13

A = Anchor

= Suture

Gold circle = Bone formation

Blue circle = Voids between device and bone

Iconix HA+

Images show bone growing adjacent to the implant with some integration into the anchor.


Leading competitor all-suture anchor

Images show voids adjacent to bone.


Comparison at 12 weeks

Histology images of an Iconix HA+ anchor (size 2.3mm) and a leading competitor all-suture anchor (single-loaded) at 12 weeks post-implantation.13

Gold circle = Bone formation

Blue circle = Voids between device and bone

Iconix HA+


Leading competitor all-suture anchor


Backed by the Iconix family

The proven fixation, strength14 and versatility of the Iconix family now offered with HA+ coating.

IntelliBraid technology

Targeted compression zones designed to create a bunching effect within the implant sheath for secure fixation with minimal bone removal


Self-centering technology

Iconix disposable drills have a unique self-centering technology to ensure accurate pilot hole placement*


Straight and curved guide options

The guide and obturator options allow for a variety of techniques.**



Indicated for surgical procedures in shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle, elbow and hand and wrist.**


* Applicable to PNs 3910500568 and 3910500571​ ** See PUB-462 for full indications for use


1. Ielo I, Calabrese G, De Luca G, Conoci S. Recent Advances in Hydroxyapatite-Based Biocomposites for Bone Tissue Regeneration in Orthopedics. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Aug 27;23(17):9721. doi: 10.3390/ijms23179721. PMID: 36077119; PMCID: PMC9456225.
2. Mohseni, E.; Zalnezhad, E.; Bushroa, A.R. Comparative investigation on the adhesion of hydroxyapatite coating on Ti–6Al–4Vimplant: A review paper. Int. J. Adhes. Adhes. 2014, 48, 238–257.
3. Arcos D, Vallet-Regí M. Substituted hydroxyapatite coatings of bone implants. J Mater Chem B. 2020 Mar 4;8(9):1781-1800. doi: 10.1039/c9tb02710f. PMID: 32065184; PMCID: PMC7116284.
4.  Kurioka K, Umeda M, Teranobu O, Komori T. Effect of various properties of hydroxyapatite ceramics on osteoconduction and stability. Kobe J Med Sci. 1999 Aug;45(3-4):149-63. PMID: 10752309.Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
5. J.L. Xu, K.A. Khor,5 - Plasma spraying for thermal barrier coatings: processes and applications,Editor(s): Huibin Xu, Hongbo Guo,In Woodhead Publishing Series in Metals and Surface Engineering,Thermal Barrier Coatings,Woodhead Publishing,2011,Pages 99-114.
6. J.R. Jones, D.S. Brauer, L.:G.D.C. HupaBioglass and Bioactive Glasses and Their Impact on HealthcareInt. J. Appl. Glass Sci., 7 (2016), pp. 423-434.
7.  A. Hoppe, N. S. Gueldal, and A. R. Boccaccini, “A Review of the BiologicalResponse to Ionic Dissolution Products From Bioactive Glasses andGlass-Ceramics,” Biomaterials, 32 [11] 2757–2774 (2011).
8.  Hench, L.L., Splinter, R.J., and Allen, W.C., Bonding Mechanisms at the Interface of Ceramic Prosthetic Materials. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 1971; 2(1): 117-141.
9. Chen Q, et al.Cellulose Nanocrystals--Bioactive Glass Hybrid Coating as Bone Substitutes by Electrophoretic Co-deposition: In Situ Control of Mineralization of Bioactive Glass and Enhancement of Osteoblastic Performance. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2015 Nov 11;7(44):24715 25.
10.  Amavedi S, Whittington AR, Goldstein AS. Calcium phosphate ceramics in bone tissue engineering: a review of properties and their influence on cell behavior. Acta Biomater. 2013;9:8037–45.
11.  Bohner M, Lemaitre J. Can bioactivity be tested in vitro with SBF solution? Biomaterials. 2009;30:2175–9.
12. Mohseni, E.; Zalnezhad, E.; Bushroa, A.R. Comparative investigation on the adhesion of hydroxyapatite coating on Ti–6Al–4Vimplant: A review paper. Int. J. Adhes. Adhes. 2014, 48, 238–257.
13. Data on file at Riverpoint Medical - DNX0012 Animal Study - Iconix HA All- Suture Anchor.
14. DHFD15515

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Shoulder Instability

Stryker’s 1.4mm shoulder instability anchor platform features the Iconix all-suture anchor and the NanoTack TT PEEK anchor, the smallest PEEK anchor on the market.

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The Iconix family of anchors (Iconix, Iconix TT, Iconix Needles and Iconix Speed) symbolize the next generation of suture anchor technology. The all-suture based system with a tie-able tape suture option, needles option and self-punching option allows for less bone removal during pilot hole creation without compromising pullout strength.1 The innovative design is truly the first of its kind.

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