We followed up 25 patients (average age 47.9 years, range 22 to 77) after open repair of their Achilles tendon rupture. All had been operated on by a single general surgeon using an end-to-end reabsorbable suture, and immobilised in a plaster of Paris cast for six weeks. All patients had been discharged from follow up by 18 weeks from the operation. At an average of 3.4 years (range six months to 9.25 years), 18 had "excellent", six (24%) "good" and one (4%) "satisfactory" results. All but one patient were able to walk on tiptoes, and 20 of the 22 patients examined directly walked without a limp. Ultrasonography showed the injured tendons to be on average 2.3 times thicker in the antero-posterior diameter and 1.7 times thicker in the transverse diameter. In the hands of a single non-specialist but fully trained general surgeon, this management regimen produced full return to pre-operative activities in the majority of patients, and a low rate of local complications. The macroscopic and ultrasonographic appearance of the operated tendon remained abnormal, but this was not associated with any overt clinical disturbance.

Clinical and functional results of open operative repair for Achilles tendon rupture in a non-specialist surgical unit.

MAFFULLI, Nicola
2002

Abstract

We followed up 25 patients (average age 47.9 years, range 22 to 77) after open repair of their Achilles tendon rupture. All had been operated on by a single general surgeon using an end-to-end reabsorbable suture, and immobilised in a plaster of Paris cast for six weeks. All patients had been discharged from follow up by 18 weeks from the operation. At an average of 3.4 years (range six months to 9.25 years), 18 had "excellent", six (24%) "good" and one (4%) "satisfactory" results. All but one patient were able to walk on tiptoes, and 20 of the 22 patients examined directly walked without a limp. Ultrasonography showed the injured tendons to be on average 2.3 times thicker in the antero-posterior diameter and 1.7 times thicker in the transverse diameter. In the hands of a single non-specialist but fully trained general surgeon, this management regimen produced full return to pre-operative activities in the majority of patients, and a low rate of local complications. The macroscopic and ultrasonographic appearance of the operated tendon remained abnormal, but this was not associated with any overt clinical disturbance.
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