ACL repair with InternalBrace – research body added to – in further good news for patients
The growing body of evidence for the use of the InternalBrace in ligament repair has been added to, with the publication this week of another clinical research paper. This one looked at anterior cruciate ligament repair with the InternalBrace (referred to here as Suture Tape) and followed patients for two years.
The paper entitled: Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair Using Suture Tape Augmentation: A Case Series of 29 Patients With Minimum 2-Year Follow-Up, concluded that – “primary surgical repair of proximal ACL tears using suture tape augmentation results in a low rate of revision surgery.”
“I believe it is time for orthopaedic surgeons to strongly consider routine suture tape augmentation use for improved outcomes with primary ACL repair.”
In the same issue of Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery an editorial comment by Patrick Smith MD, is also published – “Repair the Anterior Cruciate Ligament When You Can: Add Suture Tape Augmentation and Dress for Success”
Dr Smith goes on to say, “Preserving the native anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) through primary repair has seen a resurgence over the past few years—rightfully so—given the inherent advantages of repairing the ACL over reconstruction. The issue is how best to repair the ACL and protect it to optimize healing. Suture tape augmentation techniques have shown promising low failure rates, and recent biomechanical studies have demonstrated benefits of the suture tape and optimal fixation methods for ACL repair. So, I believe it is time for orthopaedic surgeons to strongly consider routine suture tape augmentation use for improved outcomes with primary ACL repair.”