Who should consider the TightRope™ System?
Low grade syndesmotic injuries can heal without surgical intervention by limiting weight-bearing and immobilization in a cast or boot. However, when appropriate, the TightRope™ system can shorten rehabilitation times and is therefore an attractive option for athletes which allows them to return to sport more quickly. The fixation is flexible, eliminating the need for a second surgery to remove the surgical screws previous repairs may have required.
What are the advantages of the TightRope™ Implant?
- Improved reduction, compared to syndesmosis screws.
- Less healing time before return-to-sport.
- No need for surgical removal.
- Supports early weight-bearing.
- Sustained flexible alignment.
Is the TightRope™ Implant system FDA approved?
Yes! The TightRope™ Implant system has regulatory clearance by the FDA.
Will the TightRope™ Implant need to be removed?
The TightRope™ Implant is designed to stay in the ankle, offering support throughout healing. Only very rarely would the implant need to be removed. Dr. Haytmanek can explain the benefits and risks if you are a candidate for the TightRope™ Implant.
What is the recovery time for TightRope™ ankle surgery?
Due to the flexibility of the fixation, a second surgery is not required. Rehabilitation can begin much quicker as well as weight bearing. Our surgeons have seen patients return to play as soon as 3-6 weeks.