Since its inception, Paragon 28® has obsessed over every aspect of foot and ankle surgery. Committed to creating tailored solutions to improve surgical outcomes, Paragon 28® has launched innovative products and instrumentation that help to streamline procedures, allow surgeons flexibility in technique and approach, and facilitate reproducible results benefitting both the surgeon and patient.
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. 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.
There are inherent challenges in addressing tendon transfers in the foot and ankle 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
The TenoTac™ Soft Tissue Fixation System was designed with these challenges in mind. The TenoTac™ Soft Tissue Fixation 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. 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 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.
Paragon 28® is grateful for the significant contributions from Dr. Doug Blacklidge, DPM as the surgeon designer of this system.
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