alexa Repair of neglected Achilles tendon ruptures: procedures and functional results.


Clinical Research on Foot & Ankle

Author(s): Us AK, Bilgin SS, Aydin T, Mergen E, Us AK, Bilgin SS, Aydin T, Mergen E

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Abstract Surgical repair of neglected Achilles tendon ruptures presents the challenge of restoring the function of the Achilles tendon complex while repairing the large defect that is created by the delay in appropriate treatment. We present our preferred technique for delayed repair and the results of six patients who were available for complete follow-up evaluation. The combined surgical technique includes: V-to-Y gastrocnemius recession or advancement, excision of the fibroadipose defect, end-to-end anastomosis, gastrocnemius aponeurotic flap to reinforce the anastomosis. Each of six patients were interviewed and examined clinically and by Cybex II isokinetic strength testing. All six patients have been able to return to their pre-injury activities. Cybex II isokinetic strength testing demonstrated peak torque deficiencies in plantar flexion ranging from 2.5\%-22\% as compared with the unaffected limb. The overall results of the technique described indicate that very satisfactory functioning of a neglected Achilles tendon rupture can be obtained.
This article was published in Arch Orthop Trauma Surg and referenced in Clinical Research on Foot & Ankle

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