A fixation device is a manufactured device, often bio-degradeable, which is used to fix tissues in place until healing occurs.

Interferenzschraube 01

Bio-absorbable interference screws are used to hold soft tissues within bone tunnels.

endobutton

The titanium metallic endobutton is combined with a polyurethane ribbon.

 

Uses of fixation devices

Fixation devices may be employed in ligament or tendon grafts or to hold together torn tissues, such as the meniscus.

 

Bioabsorbable fixation device

A common material for bio-absorbable interference screws is poly L-lactic acid (PLLA).

 

Non-bioabsorbable fixation device

Metal fixation devices are commonly made of titanium.

 

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

Bioabsorbable versus metallic interference screws for graft fixation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Debieux P, Franciozi CE, Lenza M, Tamaoki MJ, Magnussen RA, Faloppa F, Belloti JC. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Jul 24;7:CD009772. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009772.pub2.


SLIDESHARE

ACL graft fixation options. Excellent Slideshare presentation by Associate Professor Dr Rajesh Purushothaman.


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