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Muscle, Ligaments and Tendons Journal

Suture techniques for tendon repair; a comparative review

Review article, 220 - 228
doi: 10.11138/mltj/2013.3.3.220
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Over the past five decades we have seen numerous iterations of suture repair methods for tendon.
The pursuit of the ultimate repair has led to many repair methods being described. This comprehensive compilation of the suture repair techniques will describe the factors that affect repair success, including repair strength, gapping resistance, glide and rehabilitation. Different approaches to rejoining severed tendons will be critiqued on their biomechanical ability to improve tendon repair strength, maintaining glide, reducing tendon damage, and minimising adhesion formation. It is important to highlight how the suture repairs have evolved and improved but also review how they may contribute to their own trauma.
The apparent paradox between providing mechanical strength and minimising adhesions require refinements in the field to improve on functional outcomes.

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