Soft Tissue Internal Fixation

Brochures & Operative Techniques

Vetlig artificial ligaments are advanced technology to reconstruct canine ligaments, muscle and tendons. The procedure is straight forward with dedicated instrumentation, conservative and minimally invasive to help preserve proprioception.

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Video operative technique for Achilles tendon repair
Vetlig Brochure
General Brochure
Vetlig Achilles Brochure
Vetlig Achilles Brochure


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Operative Techniques

STIF can be used for extra-articular reconstructions in tendon repair, such as Achilles tendon, patella tendon, biceps tendon, etc. These ligaments must always be placed in the joint in an anatomical and isometric position. The diameter of the bony tunnels must correspond to the specific reference for each type of ligament which as a general rule should be as small as possible.

The fixation of the ligament extremities must always be extra-articular.

Biological and mechanical testing on resistance, fatigue and creep have shown that STIF ligaments are highly effective ligament reconstruction and augmentation devices. The use of the STIF artificial ligament requires a specific surgical technique, for which dedicated STIF instruments are available.

Implantation Method. A number of guidelines must be respected:

  • Isometry is critical to the outcome
  • Acute angles must be avoided in the drilling of the bony tunnels
  • There must be no impingement or abrasion of the ligament in the joint
  • Solid extra-articular fixation must be achieved using STIF interference screws
  • Absence of tension in the synthetic ligament is important; the post-operative tension should not be more than that of the anatomical ligament being repaired
  • Coverage by fibrous tissue is desirable
  • Small incisions should be used to retain proprioception.


Clinical Papers

Evaluation fixation ligt pour LCA H. Yahia

Mechanical Testing of a Synthetic Canine Gastrocnemius Tendon Implant

Repair of chronic rupture of the insertion of the gastrocnemius tendon in the dog using a polyethylene terephthalate implant

Gastrocnemius Tendon Repair with Vetlig CAT30 video operative technique