JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY, vol.25, no.3, 2017 (SCI-Expanded)
Purpose: We aimed to present our novel technique in the surgical treatment of Achilles tendon avulsions and compare the clinical results of such technique with the repair method using suture anchors. Methods: A retrospective study was made of patients with Achilles tendon sleeve avulsion and patients where distal portion of the tear prohibited primary repair, surgically treated between January 2009 and January 2013. Twenty-one patients who met the criteria were examined and called for final examination: 9 patients were treated with the novel technique (group 1) and 12 patients were treated with suture anchor repair (group 2). Data were gathered from patient registry and final evaluation. The patients of both groups were compared in respect of mean age, follow-up, gender and AOFAS and VAS scores at final evaluation. Results: There was no significant difference between two groups in terms of follow-up period (p = 0.478) and mean age (p = 0.274). Three of 9 patients in group 1 and 4 of 12 patients in group 2 were female. A significant clinical difference was determined between two groups according to the AOFAS and VAS scores (p = 0.034 and p = 0.043, respectively). Conclusions: Both techniques are beneficial in the treatment of avulsion injuries of Achilles tendon. Better clinical results can be obtained with the presented novel technique and such technique can be considered for the surgical fixation of Achilles tendon avulsions.