Achilles Tendon Repair

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Evolution of Achilles Tendon Repair

Success of an achilles tendon repair relies on securing the ruptured ends of the tendon back together. This has traditionally been accomplished by making a large incision to expose the entire damaged section of the tendon (i.e. an “open” approach) and then sewing (i.e. suturing) the two ends back together.

There exists a large variety of suture material that has been used for this procedure. Suture material generally exists in two forms, absorbable and non-absorbable, both of which have been used for achilles tendon repair.

Non-absorbable suture is most often utilized in this setting as it has demonstrated superior load-to-failure strength compared to absorbable suture. There also exists a large variety of techniques for securing the two ends of the suture together.

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