Xeleton Rigid-Frame Knee Orthosis
Headline: A Safe Return to Everyday Activities
An operation is often unavoidable after knee ligament injuries, with the anterior cruciate ligaments being affected most often. After an operation or also in conservative therapy without surgery, the Xeleton rigid frame orthosis stabilises the knee during the healing process and prevents undesirable movements. It also permits a controlled transition to full weight bearing. Early mobilisation is the best way to ensure that full weight can quickly be placed on the knee.
The Xeleton is a highly robust rigid-frame orthosis which your orthopaedic technician can adapt your individual requirements in a few simple steps. Its entire body is made of aluminium. As a result, you can use it for both everyday activities and sports – naturally, only after consulting your doctor.
The entire orthosis frame is made of a high-strength aluminium alloy, making the Xeleton especially robust and durable. It is able to withstand even high loads.
The calf strap can be moved independently of the shin strap. This provides additional support and is especially patient-friendly, since it can be positioned for an individual fit.
The straps of the Xeleton are numbered in the sequence they have to be closed, making it easy to put on and take off the orthosis.
The anatomically shaped tibia pad prevents pressure points on the sensitive shin and, at the same time, unwanted rotation movements (torsion).
Benefits at a glance
Participating in sports
Security after the operation
After an operation, the transplant is not yet capable of bearing as much weight. However, basic research shows that it can be protected by knee orthoses such as the Xeleton during this period. Your doctor or orthopaedic technician can limit the range of motion in just a few steps, and then gradually increase it. The knee width is individually adjustable as well, for example to adapt the orthosis to the swelling of the knee.
Participating in sports
Are you a very active person with the goal of returning to your everyday activities and work as quickly as possible? Does this also include sports? The Xeleton is ideal for this – after consulting your doctor of course. Thanks to the high-strength aluminium alloy frame and the robust functional elements, it stands up to high loads and keeps you safe. It is so sturdy that it can even be used for higher-stress sports such as baseball.
The sooner you get moving again – in consultation with your doctor – the faster you can bear weight on your knee. The Xeleton provides you with the required safety and alleviates any fear of incorrect movements. This allows you to regain confidence in your knee.
Suitable for everyday use
The Xeleton is lightweight and, thanks to the slim design that fits close to the body, practically invisible under clothing. It adapts well to your body thanks to the close-fitting frame design. A standard and a long version are available for optimum adaptation to your leg.
Putting on the orthosis
Putting on and taking off the orthosis is simple thanks to practical aids: Slide into the orthosis from above and then fasten it in a few steps. For your orientation, the straps are numbered in the sequence you have to fasten them.
When you do not put the usual load on the knee after an injury or operation, you can lose muscle strength. Instabilities can lead to difficulties keeping your balance. A targeted exercise programme supports the fitting with the Xeleton, purposefully helping to rebuild your musculature. You also practice your balance.
The exercises which start in the first week and are divided into three phases can be performed by you daily at home. However, it is important for you to talk to your doctor or therapist, and to clarify whether they are suitable for you before you start the exercises.
You will find the exercise programme in our download area in the patient brochure.
Knee pain with severe or complex ligament laxity and/or severe feeling of instability, with the option to limit the range of motion.
- ACL and/or PCL rupture (anterior and/or posterior cruciate ligament rupture)
- Instability of the knee joint (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL)
- Collateral ligament injuries
- Stabilisation/limitation of movement after meniscus surgery
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
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Yes, the Xeleton is sturdy enough to withstand even higher loads. However, be sure to discuss your sports activities with your doctor in advance.
If the orthosis makes you safer during sports, you can of course wear it. This provides your knee with reliable support.
You can wear the orthosis without problems even during the rehabilitation exercises.
Patients are fitted with a rigid immobilisation orthosis in the operating room. This is to allow stable partial weight bearing using two forearm crutches. Many are fitted with a rigid frame orthosis about ten days after the operation, when the sutures are removed. This permits controlled movement of the knee.
If your knee is being fitted with a rigid frame orthosis and participating in sports is very important to you, then the Xeleton is an excellent choice for you. The entire frame is made of a high-strength aluminium alloy, making the orthosis very robust and sturdy.
The straps and pads of the Xeleton are removable and can be hand washed in warm water at 30° with neutral soap. Then you can simply allow them to air dry.
No, your doctor will explain how to best handle personal hygiene and the use of the orthosis.