Percutaneous Achilles tendon repair

Robert E. Fitzgibbons*, John Hefferon, James A Hill

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Fourteen patients underwent percutaneous Achilles tendon repairs between 1982 and 1989 for ruptures approximately 2 to 8 cm from the calcaneal insertion. They were evaluated subjectively (questionnaires) and objectively (physical examinations, Cybex II dynamom eter). The minimum follow-up time was 2 years with an average of 3.8 years. Subjectively, all of the patients were satisfied with their overall results. Objectively, no significant difference was demonstrated by Cybex II evaluation at 60 and 120 deg/sec. A significant differ ence was seen at 180 deg/sec, but this represented only a 13% loss of power. No infections, delayed wound healing, reruptures, or evidence of thrombophlebitis were noted. There was one sural nerve injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-727
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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