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Review of the operative treatment of Achilles tendon rupture.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical orthopaedics and related research
Publication Date
Issue
201
Pages
80–83
Identifiers
PMID: 4064424
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

Sixty-eight patients' charts were reviewed for ascertainment of the complication rate following operative repair of ruptured Achilles tendons. Ninety-two percent of 48 patients whose cases underwent clinical evaluation returned to their preinjury activity status: 13% had incisional complications, most of which resolved. The rerupture rate was 3% (2/68). The results of this series and a literature review show that operative treatment can be regarded as an acceptable method. Nonoperative treatment should be considered in a nonathletic patient over the age of 50 years because of potentially serious problems with wound healing.

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