The AchilloCordPLUS is a densely woven flexible tubular structure, 5 mm in diameter and 800 mm in length. Both ends of the device are flat, allowing it to be threaded easily through the eye of a probe, which is used to pull it through soft tissue and bone tunnels.
The AchilloCordPLUS is indicated for patients with acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon, but is particularly suited to patients where an extended period of postoperative immobilization is undesirable.
AchilloCordPLUS System Implant Set, includes:
AchilloCordPLUS, 5 mm x 800 mm (supplied sterile)
Packaged with the following disposables:
Rigid Probe with eye, stainless steel, 20 cm (supplied sterile)
Drill Bit, plain shank to fit Jacobs Chuck, 3.2 mm diameter (supplied sterile)
How does it work?
The technique is performed through six stab incisions and a small posteromedial incision
Distal fixation is provided by threading the AchilloCordPLUS through a small (3.2 mm diameter) bone tunnel in the os calcis, followed by a single pass in the distal tendon
Proximal fixation is provided by threading the AchilloCordPLUS in a figure of eight through the Proximal tendon stump
The AchilloCordPLUS is tied with a knot at the site of the rupture. The ends of the tendon are sutured together over the knot, so that the knot remains buried in the tissue
Features and benefits
No need to immobilize the leg in a cast postoperatively, allowing for early rehabilitation
Partial weight bearing and early mobilization of the leg in the immediate postoperative phase helps retain muscle bulk and strength
Fast return to activities of daily living, retaining independence