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Tightrope Technique - step by step 1

(graphic photographs)

ONE - PREPARATION FOR ANAESTHETIC

TWO - OUR PATIENT HAS AN INTRAVENOUS FLUID DRIP PLACED - WHICH CONTAINS FENTANYL PAIN RELIEF

THREE - XRAYS ARE TAKEN - TO MEASURE ANGLES (ASCERTAINING SUITABILITY FOR TIGHTROPE, AND ENSURING NO OTHER DIAGNOSIS (LIKE CANCER) IS MISSED)


FOUR - OUR PATIENT IS CLIPPED AND TRANSFERRED INTO THEATRE - FULL MONITORING EQUIPMENT, WARM AIR BAIR HUGGER.

FIVE - LEG PREPARED FOR SURGERY, STERILE DISPOSABLE DRESSINGS, AND IODINE DISPOSABLE STICK ON SKIN CUT-THROUGH DRESSING (WARNING AFTER THIS ONE - GRAPHIC IMAGES)

SIX - APPROACH TO THE JOINT

SEVEN - EXAMINE JOINT FOR EVIDENCE OF CARTILAGE DAMAGE

EIGHT - DRILL GUIDE WIRE PILOT HOLE FOR TIGHTROPE IMPLANT

NINE - FOLLOW ON WITH CANNULATED DRILL BIT - TO MAKE BONE TUNNEL 2.7MM WIDE

TEN - OPEN AND PLACE TIGHTROPE IMPLANT

ELEVEN - TENSION THE IMPLANT

TWELVE - TIE OFF

THIRTEEN - CLOSE UP

FOURTEEN - POST OPERATIVE XRAYS