LARS has a selection
of bands that can be cut to the desired length and used
to reconstruct or reinforce ligament damage in the elbow.
They include a flat 6mm band, a 4mm cylindrical band with
a flat proximal or distal end and a 5mm entirely cylindrical
applications for LARS - Actor 8 and 10 ligaments
These are hollow tubes with an intra-articular free fibre
portion. The autograft tissue is placed in the centre
of the LARS, the free fibres are aligned in the knee,
and fixated in the usual fashion.
The Actor 8 is used as an augmentation for the autogenous
tissue and to protect it. The healing process for autogenous
tissue may take up to six to nine months and during that
time the transplant undergoes many stages of healing.
Excessive loading in the early post-operative rehabilitation
period can elongate the autogenous graft. By reinforcing
with LARS, the artificial ligament will take some of the
stress and protect the fibres of the graft.
Actor 8 is indicated for use with hamstring grafts. Actor
10 is indicated for use with quadriceps grafts.
This is a 6 x 40cm reconstruction band, or a 6 x 40cm
tube, which can be cut to the required length. These bands
are used in the reconstruction of large tendon/muscle
defects. The non-resorbable bands consist of 90 knitted
longitudinal polyester fibres, and have an elongation
rate of less than 7% after 10 million cycles of traction.
The minimal rupture level is 4,000 Newtons.
LARS bands have good biological tolerance with fibroblastic