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BALTO LIGATEK

Adjustable hinged knee brace for cruciate ligaments

249.90

Balto Ligatek knee braces are designed to help dogs with damaged or broken cruciate ligaments, severe or medium sprains, traumas. They are useful after surgery or as an alternative to surgery.
The joints on the support allow for partial or total immobilization of the joint as necessary.

 

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Description
WHAT IS IT FOR?

The ligatek knee brace has been carefully designed to stabilize your dog’s post-op trauma or the reduction in the knee joint required. Thanks to the adjustable hinges, the user can control the R.O.M. (Range of motion) and lock the joint into full immobilization or controlled degrees of flexion-extension movements. This enables to treat a variety of needs in a versatile way. Ligatek is also width adjustable (thanks to our modifiable straps) as wellas length-adjustable. The upper and lower padding can be extended or shortened to ensure an excellent fit around the leg.

LIGATEK KNEE BRACE RECOMMENDED USAGE DURING POSTOPERATIVE CARE:

Thanks to Ligatek, the user can regulate flexion-extension movements or lock the joint into full immobilization, allowing proper healing by reducing stress and excessive strain, depending on your dog’s needs after surgery.
Ligatek is recommended for postoperative care in case of:

  • Cranial-caudal cruciate ligaments deficiency (TPLO, TTA surgical procedures);
  • Patellar surgical procedures (sulcopasty, tibial tuberosity transposition, fracture);
  • Extracapsular technique;
  • Patellar tendon synthesis.

 

LIGATEK KNEE BRACE CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT USAGE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY:

The ligatek brace can be used as an alternative support in cases when surgery options are not feasible (E.G. Due to age or prior medical condition). Being able to control movements while maintaining an adequate R.O.M.,
Makes ligatek suitable for conservative treatments such as:

  • Cranial and caudal cruciate ligament injury and/or tear;
  • Traumatic or acquired collateral ligaments deficiency;
  • Joint capsule trauma;
  • Patellar dislocation.
Additional information
Sizes

S, M, L, XL

Paw

Left, Right

Sizes

Sizes

Sizes – How to take measures

Available in four adjustable sizes

Sizes Circ. A Circ. B Lengths C Breeds and weights*
S 21-25 cm 8-15 cm 11-14 cm Cocker Spaniel, Poodle (10 -15kg)
M 26-31 cm 10-16 cm 14-18 cm Border Collie, Setter (15-30 Kg)
L 29-34 cm 12-18 cm 15-21 cm German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler (28–50 Kg)
XL Over 36 cm - 16-23 cm Saint Bernard, Great Dane, Newfoundland (Over 50Kg)

*Attention the suggested breeds and weights are purely indicative, to determine the size of the brace take the measurements as specified.

Measure A: Measure the circumference of the dog’s thigh halfway between the groin and knee.
Measure B: Measure the circumference of the dog’s paw halfway between the knee and the hock.
Measure C: Measure the distance between the knee and the base of the hock.

Instructions for use

Instructions for use

PROPER BRACE SETTING

The below settings must be adjusted on both sides before positioning the brace.


Your dog should stand upright with his weight centered on all fours. Place the brace on the leg and check that the CENTRAL HINGE is positioned at knee joint’s height.

How to adjust the LOWER PADDING position: use the biggest key to loosen the two screws then adjust the height of the padding by sliding it on the guide rail. Tighten the screws.

The lower padding is in the PROPER POSITION when it rests above the hock joint without obstructing it: the brace is now stable and the hock joint is free to move.

WARNING: use the supplied allen keys only. The use of screwdrivers could damage the screw thread.

Follow the same procedure used for the lower padding to adjust the position of the UPPER PADDING.
WARNING: the upper padding has been molded according to your dog’s anatomy; as a result,
it rests lower on the inner thigh. When placing the brace on your dog, it is important to follow its natural shape.

 


ADJUSTABLE HINGE SETTING

The below settings must be adjusted on both sides before positioning the brace.

Once the proper length has been fixed, please proceed with setting the ADJUSTABLE HINGE by using the smallest allen key.


HOW TO LOCK THE BRACE*
30° flexion position (FLEX)
30° extension position (EXT)

* A total joint immobilization is recommended before surgery or under veterinarian’s advice.

HOW TO CONTROL
JOINT MOVEMENTS**

75° flexion position (FLEX)
30° extension position (EXT)

This is to prevent the risk of knee hyperextension or hyperflexion.
** Use this setting after surgery or when using the brace as an alternative to surgery.

The hinge has a series of 8 + 5 graduated notches (from 0° to 105° for flexion,
from 0° to 60° for extension).
By moving the screws onto the different notches, the joint’s flexion and extension degree angle is either reduced or locked.
WARNING: the use of any other settings, different from the above, may be used
during postoperative care or as an alternative to surgery under the exclusive responsibility of the VETERINARIAN.

 


 

BRACE APPLICATION

After adjusting the brace’s length and the central hinge’s degrees, please proceed with positioning the brace on your dog’s leg.


Secure the brace starting from the
2 LOWER STRAPS. Insert them inside the flat rings and fasten them tightly. Repeat the same operation with
the single UPPER STRAP.

Finally, fasten the MIDDLE STRAP*
by moving it slightly upwards.
* The middle strap stabilizes the two central hinges during flexion as they tend to open slightly.
If the veterinarian does not deem it as essential,
it can be cut, leaving the central part of the brace free.

The three bands* that wrap around the dog’s leg securing the brace, are length-adjustable: remove the Velcro clamp, cut the extra length with scissors, and reposition the Velcro clamp.
WARNING: be careful not to cut too much, otherwise the Velcro will not fasten properly.
* The brace is equipped with sufficiently long bands suitable for oversize or overweight dogs.

 


ANCHOR KIT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

In some cases, it may be necessary to use an anchor kit to prevent the knee brace from slipping (for example, in dogs with long and thin legs).
PACKAGE CONTENTS
A – UPPER STRAP
B – ANCHOR KIT
C – CONNECTING STRAP


 


1 Use the ANCHOR KIT as necessary after wearing the LIGATEK BRACE.

2 Open the VELCRO END of the brace.

 


3 Attach the VELCRO END of the UPPER STRAP (A) to the padding of the knee brace.

4 Close the UPPER END of the knee brace; it can also overlap with the end of the UPPER END (A).

 


5 Open the kit and position it above the knee of the leg without the brace. Close the kit tightly with the VELCRO STRAP.

6 The UPPER STRAP is adjustable. Remove one of the two round Velcro ends. Cut the VELVET STRAP to shorten it. Reapply the round Velcro end.

 


7 Close the UPPER STRAP (A) tightly to ensure stability of the knee brace.

8a To attach the CONNECTING STRAP (C) to the UPPER STRAP (fig. 8a), secure one velcro end to the center of the upper strap (fig. 8b) and the other end to an H harness or collar (fig. 8c).

 


8b

8c
*Collar or harness are not included in the package and can be purchased at a pet store.

 


 

RECOMMENDED USE
  • During postoperative care please follow your veterinarian’s instructions on appropriate usage time. In case of postoperative edema remove the brace until the swelling is reduced.
  • Do not remove the stickers showing the hinge degrees and the brace direction.
  • Keep the brace clean. Eliminate any hair, especially inside the Velcro parts:
    use an appropriate hairbrush every 2/3 days.
  • Do not machine wash the brace: for proper cleaning remove all padded parts and hand wash them in cold water with mild detergent.
  • Do not use screwdrivers or other electrical tools to adjust the screws.
  • Do not force the screws during assembly to avoid damaging the thread.
    In addition to the 2 allen keys, the package contains a few spare screws.
  • Do not leave the brace on for an extended period of time: the brace must be worn during the day, especially during physical activity, and it should be removed at night.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended for a long period of time while wearing the brace: your dog could try to remove it by biting or scratching the brace.
Video tutorial

Video tutorial