Minimally invasive repair of acute traumatic ruptures of the tendo Achillis may produce lower complications compared to open repair. Twenty-three active patients underwent percutaneous repair of an acute rupture of the tendo Achillis. Post-operatively, the ATRS score was administered to assess the functional status. The maximum calf circumference, isometric plantar flexion strength of the gastrocsoleus muscle complex, ankle dorsiflexion, and return to sport activity were assessed in all patients at an average post-operative follow-up of 25.7 months. At the last follow-up, the mean Achilles tendon total rupture score (ATRS) score was 84 (range: 53-99). Ankle dorsiflexion and maximum calf circumference on the operated limb were not significantly different compared to the uninjured side. The isometric strength on the operated limb was significantly lower (P=0.04) compared to the contralateral side. Of the 21 (90%) patients participating in sports activities, 16 (80%) had returned to their pre-operative sport, 2 changed to lower activity, and 1 increased his performance. This percutaneous technique provides satisfactory outcome in terms of strength and return to pre-operative level of sport activity.

Percutaneous repair of acute ruptures of the tendo Achillis.

MAFFULLI, Nicola
2013

Abstract

Minimally invasive repair of acute traumatic ruptures of the tendo Achillis may produce lower complications compared to open repair. Twenty-three active patients underwent percutaneous repair of an acute rupture of the tendo Achillis. Post-operatively, the ATRS score was administered to assess the functional status. The maximum calf circumference, isometric plantar flexion strength of the gastrocsoleus muscle complex, ankle dorsiflexion, and return to sport activity were assessed in all patients at an average post-operative follow-up of 25.7 months. At the last follow-up, the mean Achilles tendon total rupture score (ATRS) score was 84 (range: 53-99). Ankle dorsiflexion and maximum calf circumference on the operated limb were not significantly different compared to the uninjured side. The isometric strength on the operated limb was significantly lower (P=0.04) compared to the contralateral side. Of the 21 (90%) patients participating in sports activities, 16 (80%) had returned to their pre-operative sport, 2 changed to lower activity, and 1 increased his performance. This percutaneous technique provides satisfactory outcome in terms of strength and return to pre-operative level of sport activity.
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