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Surgical treatment for chronic Achilles tendinopathy: a prospective seven month follow up study.
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PMID:  12055111     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively assess the early results of surgical treatment of chronic Achilles tendinopathy. METHODS: This seven month prospective follow up study assessed the short term results of surgical treatment of chronic Achilles tendinopathy and compared the subjective and functional outcome of patients with Achilles tendinopathy without a local intratendinous lesion (group A) with that of similar patients with such a lesion (group B). Forty two of the initial 50 patients were examined before surgery and after the seven month follow up. Evaluation included an interview, subjective evaluation, clinical tests, and a performance test. RESULTS: At the follow up, physical activity was fully restored in 28 of the 42 patients (67%), and 35 patients (83%) were asymptomatic or had only mild pain during strenuous exercise. In clinical tests, significant improvements were observed in climbing up and down stairs and the rising on the toes test. Surgical treatment also seemed to be successful from the total test score, which was excellent or good in 35 patients, compared with before surgery when it was excellent or good in one patient only. Patients in group A fared better than those in group B, whether evaluated by recovery of physical activity after surgery (88% v 54%) or the complication rate (6% v 27%). CONCLUSIONS: Surgical treatment of chronic Achilles tendinopathy gives good and acceptable short term results. A lower complication rate and a trend to better recovery was observed in patients with peritendinous adhesions only than in those with peritendinous adhesions combined with an intratendinous lesion.
Mika Paavola; P Kannus; S Orava; M Pasanen; M Järvinen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of sports medicine     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0306-3674     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-10     Completed Date:  2002-07-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0432520     Medline TA:  Br J Sports Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  178-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Tampere University Hospital, PO Box 607, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Achilles Tendon / injuries*
Athletic Injuries / surgery
Chronic Disease
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Recovery of Function
Tendon Injuries / surgery*
Tissue Adhesions / surgery
Treatment Outcome

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