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Triceps Repair and Restoration of Triceps Footprint With Anchorless Suture Fixation

Steffes, Matthew, MD*; Tayne, Samantha, MD*; Osmani, Feroz, MD*; Edwards, Gary, MD*; MacGillis, Kyle, MD*; Kim, Walter, MD*; Hammarstedt, Jon E., MD; Goldberg, Benjamin, MD*

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: September 2018 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 89–93
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000196

Triceps tendon rupture is an uncommon yet potentially devastating injury affecting patients over a broad demographic. Surgical treatment is essential to restore upper extremity functional status, and a vast array of techniques has been implemented with different fixation devices including suture buttons, intraosseous anchors, and suture repairs. Outcomes of distal triceps tendon repair have demonstrated nearly full return of functional capacity. Complications include infection, ulnar nerve neuropathy, arthrofibrosis, flexion contracture, hardware irritation, and most commonly, repair failure. We illustrate a triceps repair technique with suture fixation that restores the tendinous footprint without need of an adjunctive device.

*Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: No support received from pharmaceutical, industry, or National Institutes of Health (NIH); Wellcome Trust; Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Matthew Steffes, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 835 S Wolcott Ave., M/C 844, Chicago, IL 60612. E-mail:

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