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VERSALOK™ Anchor w/ ORTHOCORD®
Q: What size Cannula does VERSALOK fit down?
A: VERSALOK will fit down the Mitek 6mm cannula, however when using the competitions' cannulas it is recommended to use a 7mm, in order to avoid the suture twisting.
Q: Do I have to use an Awl?
A: No, it is your preference but it is suggested in hard bone.
Q: Can I use a drill?
A: Yes, a 2.9mm drill can be used to break the cortical bone if necessary in hard bone.
Q: Can I load 2 limbs of suture through each side of the Quick Load Threader tab?
A: Yes, but note that it will take greater force to pull the limbs through the Quick Load tab.
Q: How far do I drop the sutures through the Quick Load threader tab?
A: Be sure the tipped part of the suture is through the threader tab but do not pass too much suture through, this makes it harder to pull through. Ideally about 2-3 inches.
Q: What happens if you cannot get the suture to tension?
A: Back the implant up slightly by pulling on the gun and try again. This creates some room for the suture to move. But press firmly to ensure stop is flush with the bone before deployment.
Q: What happens if the Anchor starts to back up when you are tensioning the suture?
A: You may need to take some tension off the suture and mallet the back of the gun to fully seat the anchor before deploying the anchor.
Q: What happens if you don't insert the anchor all the way to the laser line?
A: VERSALOK relies on cortical fixation so the pullout force may be reduced. The length of the inserter has been designed to ensure the implant is just below the cortical layer of bone.
Q: What happens if the suture twists?
A: Prior to the anchor being inserted into bone ensure that there are no twists in the suture. This can be fixed by rotating the VERSALOK anchor in the bone or by removing the implant from the bone and repositioning. Although this may seem irritating, it is a great safety feature that allows surgeons to be confident in the set up before deploying the anchor.
Q: How much tension do I place on the suture? How many times do I turn the wheel?
A: There is no set number of turns, but probing the tissue will give surgeons an indication to the amount of tension applied.
Q: Does the gun need to be in the locked position when I deploy the anchor?
A: Yes, ensure that the gun is in the locked position.
Q: How can I tell if the gun is fully seated on the inserter?
A: Ensure the gun is in the locked position and then pull gently back on the gun. If the gun does not move back it is locked correctly into place.
Q: What if suture limbs are too short to reach tension wheel.
A: Tension manually. If necessary use a hemostat to tension adequately.