Thursday February 28, 2019 0 comments
ENGLEWOOD -- Paragon 28 announced the launch of a new foot repair system.
The Paragon 28® TenoTac™ Soft Tissue Fixation System was designed to provide surgeons a more simplified and reproducible option for tendon transfers of the lesser toes, the company said.
In contrast to traditional methods for flexor tendon transfers, TenoTac facilitates correction without releasing tissue attachments distally by balancing plantar and dorsal tension. Furthermore, cannulated implants and instrumentation allow for a fast, reproducible technique with minimal steps, Paragon said.
There are inherent challenges in addressing tendon transfers in the foot and ankle, the company said, including:
- Difficulty in exposure of anatomy, resulting in large incisions
- Maintenance of intended tension and correction following surgery
- Limited space for implants
- Knotting and tunneling of suture
Paragon said the TenoTac Soft Tissue Fixation System was designed with these challenges in mind. The TenoTac System uses a titanium threaded implant and a simple insertion method to gain optimal fixation of soft tissue to bone. The phalanx is prepped with the provided instrumentation and the plantar implant component is inserted into the bone tunnel.
Once inserted, Paragon said temporary fixation and correction are achieved by holding manual tension over the tendon and bone. Once correction is made, the dorsal aspect of the implant is mated by threading the two components together.
Fixation is locked in place when the dorsal and plantar teeth bite into bone, preventing the implant from unthreading. TenoTac uses a low-profile design with minimal instrumentation to provide a less invasive solution to tendon transfers, the company said.
The implant comes in a non-sterile configuration inclusive of all instrumentation needed for the procedure. The system includes three sizes of implants to accommodate varying patient anatomies.
Instrumentation was designed to streamline the procedure and minimize complications associated with tensioning and passing of suture in a traditional Girdlestone-Taylor procedure, the company said.