The percutaneous surgical approach for repairing acute achilles tendon rupture: A comprehensive outcome assessment

Shay Tenenbaum, Niv Dreiangel, Ayal Segal, Amir Herman, Amnon Israeli, Ahron Chechik

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Treatment modalities for acute Achilles tendon rupture can be divided into operative and nonoperative. The main concern with nonoperative treatment is the high incidence of repeated ruptures; operative treatment is associated with risk of infection, sural nerve injury, and wound-healing sequelae. We assessed our experience with a percutaneous operative approach for treating acute Achilles tendon rupture. The outcomes of percutaneous surgery in 29 patients (25 men; age range, 24-58 years) who underwent percutaneous surgery for Achilles tendon rupture between 1997 and 2004 were retrospectively evaluated. Their demographic data, subjective and objective evaluation findings, and isokinetic evaluation results were retrieved, and they were assessed with the modified Boyden score and theAmerican Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Ankle-Hindfoot Scale. All 29 patients demonstrated good functional outcome, with no- to mildlimitations in recreational activities andhigh patient satisfaction. Mean follow-up was 31.8 months. Changes in ankle range of motion in the operated leg were minimal. Strength and power testing revealed a significant difference at 90°/sec for plantarflexion power between the injured and healthy legs butno difference at 30° and 240°/sec or in dorsiflexion. The mean modified Boyden score was 74.3, and the mean Ankle-Hindfoot Scale score was 94.5. Percutaneous surgery for Achilles tendon rupture is easily executed and has excellent functional results and low complication rates. It is an appealing alternative to either nonoperative or open surgery treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-275
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010


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