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Percutaneous Repair of Acute Rupture of Achilles Tendon

Young, J. MRCS; Sayana, M. K. AFRCSI; McClelland, D. FRCS; Maffulli, N. MD, MS, PhD, FRCS(Orth)

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: March 2006 - Volume 5 - Issue 1 - p 9-14
SPECIAL FOCUS: Achilles Tendon

ABSTRACT In our experience, percutaneous repair of acute Achilles tendon ruptures is a safe and reliable procedure, with similar functional outcomes and few wound complications compared with those reported for traditional open techniques. Carefully placed minimally invasive skin incisions avoid sural nerve injury. We observed a low complication rate with no reruptures or sural nerve deficits in our series of 31 patients with acute Achilles tendon ruptures managed using our percutaneous technique.

North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Princes Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Professor N. Maffulli, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Keele University School of Medicine, Hartshill, Thornburrow Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 7QB, UK. E-mail:

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