Surgical Considerations for the Neglected or Chronic Achilles Tendon Rupture: A Combined Technique for Reconstruction


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Abstract

The Achilles tendon is among the most commonly injured tendons in the human body. The most common reason for delayed treatment is a missed diagnosis or a deficiency in presentation. The neglected or chronically ruptured Achilles tendon presents a unique treatment challenge. The surgical approach varies greatly depending on the extent of degeneration and the resultant gap between the opposing tendon ends. Most surgeons have recommended the use of a tendon transfer or augmentation to strengthen the Achilles tendon repair. The following technique uses a flexor hallucis longus tendon transfer with gastrocnemius aponeurosis turndown flap augmentation. This technique has been commonly performed by us with success.

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