Achilles Midsubstance SpeedBridge repair combines the minimal incision PARS technique with 2 SwiveLock® anchors into the calcaneus for a knotless repair. This procedure eliminates the weakest part of an Achilles repair, the knots, by using interference fixation of the suture after reapproximating the tendon rupture. The PARS technique or a traditional repair can be used on the proximal stump and then the suture is passed percutaneously through the distal stump to the Achilles insertion site. By eliminating the knots, the repair may provide additional strength than the traditional open repair while limiting wound issues with a small incision.
The newly launched PARS SutureTape provides the surgeon with 1.3 mm SutureTape suture which offers increased resistance to tissue pull-through, stronger knotted and knotless fixation, tighter and smaller knot stacks and better all-around handling characteristics.1
1. Arthrex Research and Development. LA1-00038-EN_B. 2017.