Technical and biological modifications for enhanced flexor tendon repair.

  title={Technical and biological modifications for enhanced flexor tendon repair.},
  author={H. Mike Kim and Gregory J. Nelson and Stavros Thomopoulos and M. J. Vaz-da Silva and Rosalina Das and Richard H. Gelberman},
  journal={The Journal of hand surgery},
  volume={35 6},
  pages={1031-7; quiz 1038}
Clinical outcomes after intrasynovial flexor tendon repair have been substantially improved over the past 2 decades through advances in tendon suture techniques and postoperative rehabilitation methods. Nevertheless, complications such as repair site elongation (i.e., gap formation) and rupture continue to occur frequently. Experimental studies have shown that repair site strength fails to increase in the first 3 weeks after tendon suture. After 3 weeks, the strength and rigidity of the repair… CONTINUE READING
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