This category contains all our CCL Lateral Suture equipment, including instrumentation, Ande Nylon, Mason Nylon & LigaFiba.
The use of monofilament nylon as a lateral suture (De Angelis style) is accepted as a method of repair of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Heavy gauge monofilament nylon (100lb, 80lb and 50lb breaking strain) is difficult to tie without making a large knot, which tends to stretch and irritate the soft tissues causing pain and seromas.
We now offer a multifilament material as an alternative to the monofilament nylon, called LigaFiba. LigaFiba is a new, extremely strong surgical suture material. It is composed entirely of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, the same hard wearing material from which we make acetabular cups. Until now it has not been possible to spin it fine enough to produce flexible tieable strands.
Please click here to learn more about our new LigaFiba material from our catalogue.
In addition it is difficult to sterilise. Autoclaving reduces the strength and increases the elasticity of nylon. Veterinary Instrumentation's Lateral Suture System uses nylon sterilized by Ethylene Oxide together with a crimp tube, a method of joining the nylon already well established in other industries.
Some CCL deficient patients benefit from the use of double sutures. This is particularly true of very large dogs and 100lb line. Passing a second needle behind the fabella risks damaging both the first line and the peri-fabellar structures which ultimately will hold the nylon sutures. Double line, swaged on sutures allows the placement of two lines with one pass of the needle. Available as single sterile pack. The double line is available swaged on as a loop without crimps and will, therefore, be of interest to those surgeons using the self-locking McKee/Miller knot
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