ZipTight™ Fixation for Ankle Syndesmosis

Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in ZipTight™ Fixation for Ankle Syndesmosis

This technique is used to stabilize an ankle after injury. It can be used to repair a high ankle sprain, which damages the soft tissue structures between the tibia and fibula and causes these bones to separate. It can also be used to stabilize a fracture of the fibula. The ZipTight system anchors the ends of the tibia and fibula together with a braided polyethylene cord, rather than with a rigid surgical screw, to restore the original position of the bones and to allow for proper healing.

What is a ZipTight™ fixation for ankle syndesmosis?

This detailed video explains the entire process of an ankle syndesmosis fixation, including preparation and repairing the fibula. The surgeon typically repairs the fibula by attaching a fixation plate. This plate is held in place by surgical screws. After the fibula has been stabilized, its relationship to the tibia can be restored and reinforced with the ZipTight system.