Comparative study of the use of prefabricated bone tendon grafts and conventional tendon grafts in flexor tendon reconstruction

D. Singer, K. Doi, W. A. Morrison, G. Gumley, B. O'Brien, J. V. Hurley, J. F. Williams

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Abstract

In tendon grafting the weakest area is the junction between the grafted tendon and bone. In dogs a strong union between tendon and bone can be produced by threading the flexor carpi radialis tendon through a hole drilled in the radius. In experimental repair of canine flexor tendons, 3 weeks after operation the strength of the union between a composite bone-tendon graft prepared in this way is double that of the bone-tendon junction of a conventional graft. Use of prefabricated bone-tendon grafts should permit earlier postoperative movement and limit formation of adhesions between a tendon graft and its bed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-836
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume14
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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