Autograft Reconstruction for Chronic Achilles Tendon Disorders

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Abstract

Surgical management of chronic tendon Achilles ruptures usually requires tendon grafting procedures. Several techniques have been described. We describe the use of 3 different minimally invasive tendon transfer techniques in the management of patients with a chronic rupture of the tendon Achilles, undertaking a free transfer of the semitendinosus tendon, or a transfer of the peroneus brevis or flexor hallucis longus tendons. All 3 techniques produce marked functional improvement, and return to sports is possible in most patients. The advantages of one technique over the others need to be explored.

Level of Evidence: Diagnostic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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