Place and secure the Pullup® and Pullup® XL devices on the GraftTech® pre-paration station by applying moderate tension on the white braids loops.
Harvest the ST graft with a stripper. Clean the graft and thin out the end by reducing the enthesis with scissors to obtain a homogeneous graft diameter.
Fold the tendon in 4 through the Pul-lup® and Pullup® XL loops.
Block the ﬁrst turn with a ﬁ gure-of-eight stitch for optimal graft loading.
Warning: be very careful when passing the needle to stay 1 to 2 mm away from the Pullup® loop to avoid damaging it.
Stitch up the graft along its full length: this will give it a homogeneous shape, increase its strength, and avoid intra-articular ﬂ uid from getting between the ﬁ ber bundles.
Calibrate the graft.
Place the graft under slight manual tension and keep it covered with a sterile moist swab.
Drilling the open tibial tunnel
Place the tibial aiming device, followed by the guide pin sleeve.
Drill at 4.5 mm, then drill to match the graft diameter.
Drilling the blind femoral tunnel
Place the guide pin sleeve.
Drill at 4.5 mm, then drill to match the graft diameter over a distance of 20 mm.
Apply traction to the graft
Pass all the sutures by pulling on the shuttle relay suture from the tibia towards the femur.
Pull ﬁ rmly to avoid damaging the graft, until the plate exits on the femoral end.
Flip the implant
Flip the plate by pulling on the green suture.
Femoral ﬁ xation
Alternately pull on the white PULLUP® braid sutures until the plate is ﬁ rmly placed against the cortex.
With the knee ﬂ exed to 90 degrees, insert a spacer in the tibial tunnel to ensure proper plate positioning. Tension the graft by pulling on the white braid sutures until the Pullup® plate is pressed ﬁ rmly against the femoral cortex.
Next, moderately tighten the tibial plate.
Final tensioning and cutting off the threads
Cycle the knee 5 to 6 times with full ﬂ exion-extension cycles, tension the plates for the last time by pulling on the braid sutures the knee being in full extension.
Remove the traction threads and cut off both femoral and tibial braid sutures 2-3 mm away from the plates.