Frequently Asked Questions

How many sizes do Minne Ties come in?

Minne Ties are available in two configurations: 1) The Minne Ties Kit that includes 12 sutures with an assortment of three different sizes differentiated by color, and a uniquely designed cheek retractor. And 2)  Minne Ties Two-Packs including two sutures of each size.

Can Minne Ties be applied and/or removed in an office setting?

Yes. However, a surgeon must always rely on his or her own professional clinical judgment when deciding whether to use a particular product to treat a particular patient. Summit Medical does not dispense medical advice and recommends that surgeons be trained in the use of any particular product before using it in surgery.

What kind of instruments do I need to apply Minne Ties?

When you order The Minne Ties Kit, you will receive the (simple) instrument set needed to apply Minne Ties.

Will Minne Ties hurt (the patient)?

Minne Ties are intentionally designed without wire to minimize the risks associated with wire stick injuries to doctors and patient discomfort. The smooth surfaces of Minne Ties are intentional and minimize sharp edges that can cause injury. Minne Ties Agile MMF holds occlusion without inflicting additional pain, damage and/or discomfort to the patient, can potentially eliminate wire stick risks associated to MMF, and significantly reduce operating room time.

Can Minne Ties be applied without anesthesia?

On average, arch bars take 54 minutes or longer to install – screw based hybrid MMF systems take an average of 15 minutes. Minne Ties are applied to achieve MMF in an average of 12 minutes without using sedation, but instead using a topical anesthetic. This is done to avoid the risks and cost associated with sedation and general anesthetics.

How are Minne Ties removed?

Minne Ties, after being cut, can be slid out of the interdental space. This potentially eliminates the need for general anesthetic and O.R. removal, which allows the removal procedure to be done in a clinic or doctor’s office. Minne Ties can be removed in less than three minutes with a small pair of scissors and with little pain to the patient.

Is there any other equipment I need to apply Minne Ties?

In addition to the kit you will receive, you will need a needle driver, cheek retractor and pickle fork. For additional information on what to use and how to apply Minne Ties, please download our Technical Guidebook.

When should Minne Ties be used for MMF?

Minne Ties should be used for the following:

  • Pre-operative fixation 

  • Per-operative fixation

  • Short-term (up to 3 weeks) fixation for minimally displaced fractures

  • Splintage post jaw dislocation