InternalBrace – double the strength of your lateral ankle ligament repair
This novel, simple, safe and reproducible InternalBrace procedure can augment the standard lateral ankle ligament repair procedure. Whether suture repair alone, or with the addition of a tendon graft, the InternalBrace can support the primary repair using two SwiveLock anchors in combination with FiberTape. A 3.5mm SwiveLock preloaded with FiberTape is placed axially in the fibular neck. After loading the talar 4.75mm SwiveLock with the other end of the FiberTape the anchor is placed flush at the site of the normal anatomic attachment of the ATF on the talus.
After the InternalBrace procedure, no cast is needed and early mobilisation can start which will improve patient comfort. The potential for earlier recovery exists as the FiberTape bridge between the fibula and talus parallels the ATF ligament, adding much needed support for the ligaments to heal in the normal anatomic position.