J R Army Med Corps. 2009 Sep; 155(3):191-3
Wood, T., PAE Rosell, JC Clasper
Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit, Frimley Park Hospital – Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma RCDM
A study using the Lockdown™ device (formerly Surgilig™) to stabilise acromioclavicular joint disruption in conjunction with the modified Weaver-Dunn procedure in military personnel. 11 procedures were performed using Lockdown™. The patients were followed up at 6 months postoperatively after being discharged from Consultant care.
The use of Lockdown™ proved to be beneficial in revision ACJ stabilisation surgery, failed conservative management and acute cases. The functional outcome with Lockdown™ has allowed mobilisation and early return to full function making it a highly desirable option for use in active people.
Of the 11 patients that underwent acromioclavicular joint stabilisation using Lockdown™ there were no intra or post-operative complications. Even on weight loading of the joint there was no disruption to the joint.
The study suggests very positive early results for the use of Lockdown™ in primary acromioclavicular joint disruption. The benefit of a single definitive operation would be particularly useful in a military setting, although the reduction in in-patient time and duration of rehabilitation it has clear advantages for the wider NHS setting.
Find out more about this paper here.