A’LINK’S® is a bio resorbable screw suture anchor mounted in a single-use screwdriver with two threads of UHMWPE (USP2) suture. The device is sterile and ready to use.
The anchor is available in5.5 mm or 6.5 mm diameter and 20 mm length.
A’LINK’S screw is made of 70% poly(70/30 ;L/DL)lactide (PLA) + 30% β-tricalcium phosphate (TCP). The combination of these two materials is done by chemical reaction according to a specific process. This process allows a homogeneous distribution of the TCP particles inside the PLA matrix eliminating the risk of agglomerates that lead to screw breakage. This new material is following control speed degradation. A’LINK’S is stable for 6 months post-operative; this allows a good rehabilitation and simplifies an eventual revision. It is then slowly bio-absorbed by narrows bone tissue and is fully replaced by narrow bone after 24 months.
A’LINK’S sutures are made of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). This material is well known for its high biocompatibility and stability for long time. It gives also the most resistant suture available on the market. A’LINK’S sutures are available in three colors: white, white with a blue marker, and blue.
A’LINK’S screwdriver is composed of a metallic rod and a polypropylene handle. The rod possesses two rails for guiding the sutures. The handle opens up giving access to the sutures. Each sutures are wrapped on one side of the handle.
The A’LINK’S® anchoring device is intended for:
Shoulder: repairs to the rotator cuff & biceps tenodesis
A’LINK’S screw is made of 70% poly(70/30 ;L/DL)lactide (PLA) + 30% β-tricalcium phosphate (TCP). Initial molar mass controlled the speed of absorption of this composite. Higher is this initial molar mass, longer is the absorption time.
A’LINK’S screw is manufactured in a way that guaranteed for each screw an identical initial molar mass. Surroundings biological factor of patient, the screw will all degrade at the same speed.
On week 24, anchor gradually loses its mechanical properties. It loses its mechanical properties totally by week 36 and osseous cells start then their bio-absorption. After 104 weeks, the anchor is completely replaced by healthy bone.
LAYS RIGHT, TIES RIGHT
- A’LINK’S suture allows tighter loop security during the tying process and superior knot break strength. *
- The suture’s low knot profile allows precise knot placement and a smooth tie down.
UNIQUE FIBER, UNIQUE PERFORMANCE
- A’LINK’S suture is prepared from an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) material that is incredibly strong and durable.
- The lubricious suture is flexible, nonabrasive, and has a silk-like feel that is gentle on tissue and gloves.
PROVEN TO BE STRONG
- A’LINK’S suture significantly outperforms polyblend suture of comparable size for straight tensile and knot tensile strength.*