KNEE GUARDIAN - POST-OP
The knee joint includes the tibiofemoral, patellofemoral and superior tibiofibular joints. There are two menisci which are semilunar-shaped discs of fibrocartilage between the femoral condyles and tibial plateaus. Their main functions are shock absorption and stability enhancement. There are many ligaments to provide stability and prevent excessive motion. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are the key ligaments for stabilization of the knee joint.
•Swiveling Angle Controller:
Turn-to-lock knob mechanism allows easy application for professionals to fine-tune the optimal motion restriction for knee joint.
Provides limitation of flexion / extension and immobilization at specific ROM.
Extension stops at: Free, 10°, 20°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°, 120°.
Flexion stops at: 0°, 10°, 20°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°, Free.
•Swiveling angle controller limits knee motion within acceptable range and supports the various phases of post-operative process. Indicated for application following cruciate ligament surgeries, meniscal repairs and patella related operation.
•Total open design is convenient for patient to put on and off, no exposed metal edges to scrap, catch or snag.
•Easy to monitor the skin and wound healing condition.
• The length of side bars can be bent and adjusted to fit the patient's leg.
•Patented TW M367735, US 8,187,211
•Set the range of motion of bilateral hinges. Follow the steps below for donning and angle setting:
• 1. APPLY THE FOAM WRAPS
1-1 Remove foam cuffs from hinge assemblies.
1-2 Apply calf and thigh foam cuffs snugly around the leg, closing on front of the leg.
•2. ALIGN AND APPLY HINGES
2-1 Position and press the lateral side bar assembly onto the cuffs along the midline of the leg, centering the hinge pivot axes slightly above the knee joint line.
2-2 Repeat for the medial side bar assembly ensuring that the hinge pivot axis aligns vertically.
2-3 Reposition the foam cuffs as needed, ensuring that the patella remains exposed.
•3. SECURE THE LEG STRAPS
3-1 Secure and fasten all straps, starting with the straps closest to the knee first.
•4. BRACE APPLICATION AND REMOVAL
A Properly Applied Brace Should Have:
4-1 Foam wraps secured at the front of the leg.
4-2 Hinges will be aligned vertically with each other at the midline of the leg, and pivot just above the knee axis.
4-3 All straps will be secured at the front of the leg.
Removal and Re-application:
4-4 To remove the brace, unfasten the straps and open the foam pads. The brace can then be removed and re-applied as a single unit.
•5. SIDE BAR ADJUSTMENT
5-1 To reduce the length of the side bars, place the hinge on a hard flat surface with the scored line just off the edge and firmly press down to snap off. Optional reduction kit required.
5-2 Side bars can be bent to fit individual legs.
•6. STEPS OF ANGLE SETTING
6-1 Follow your doctor's instruction to set the angle of the hinge.
6-2 Roll the back plate upward or downward to unlock the angle controller. (the cog of plate slanted toward the "Flex" controller)
6-3 Insert a coin into the gap of the angle controller, press and turn it to desired flexion/extension angle. Remove the coin out and make sure the controller is sprung up. If not, try to flex/extend the hinge to different angle to spring it up.
6-4 Roll the back plate in the opposite direction to lock the angle controller.
6-5 Repeat step 2~4 to set the angle for the other hinge.
•Cruciate ligament reconstruction.
•Patella related surgery.