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In patients with a rupture or iterative neglected Achilles tendon, the recommended treatment is usually surgical.
Many surgical techniques have been reported in the literature with varying functional results.
We propose a novel technique using a registry of domestic law, half tendon (hamstring) free transplant creating a transplant to 6 or 8 beams. (Fig 1)
We treated three men with neglected or iterative rupture of the Achilles tendon:
- The first case was a 50 year old man with an old neglected rupture of more than a year with a tendon retraction and a tendon defect of 12 cm. (Fig 2 and 3)
- The second is a 35 year old man operated initially by percutaneous technique (T├ęnolig) with early failure and re-rupture at 6 months, with a loss of tendon substance of approximately 6 cm. (Fig 4 and 5)
- The third case is a 60 year old patient, who had a previous distal Achilles rupture operated by transosseous reintegration tendon, with early recurrent tears to 3 months require a transplant of 6 cm.
The surgical technique was the same for all 3 patients: removal of domestic law and of the half with a short tendon incision at the knee (Fig 6 and 7)
Then graft preparation in free length transplant adapted to the defect creating a good caliber graft with 6-8 beams. (Fig 8, 9 and 10)
Then suturing the graft directly to proximal and distal tendon banks of Achilles in cases # 1 and # 2
old injury with a retraction and a tendon defect of 12 cm (Fig 11, 12 and 13)
Injury Achilles tendon defect iterative 6 cm (Fig 14 and 15)
transosseous reintegration by anchors in the third case.
The postoperative need immobilization in a cast for a minimum of 2 months and gradual recovery of walking accompanied by rehabilitation. Fig 16
Rehabilitation is not specific, but should initially be cautious and gradual over 6 months (Fig 17 and 18)
At 5 years, 2 years, 6 months follow-up functional results are satisfactory with good engraftment in 3 cases (controlled by MRI), a satisfactory functional recovery: a perimeter unlimited walking, mobility normal ankle a stable support.
In both cases a return to sport recreation was possible after the 6th month.
In conclusion this original technique to cover major losses of substance of Achilles tendon with a quality graft (hamstring tendon, hamstring) free transplant, limiting the local disease grafts nearby.
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