Surgical treatment for achilles tendinopathy - a systematic review

BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 May 10:17:207. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-1061-4.


Background: The purpose of this systematic review is to analyse the results of operative treatment for midportion Achilles tendinopathy and to provide evidence based recommendation for the indication of the individual published techniques.

Methods: MEDLINE, Cochrane Database, ISI Web of Knowledge and Google databases (1945 till September 2014) were electronically searched. The quality of the included articles was evaluated using the Coleman Methodology Score. Success rates, patient satisfaction, and the complication rates were determined.

Results: Twenty studies met our inclusion criteria. A total of 801 tendons were treated in 714 patients with open or minimally invasive techniques. The mean success rate was 83.4 %. Complications were reported in 6.3 % of the cases. The articles on minimally invasive techniques and open procedures reported on an average success rate of 83.6 % and 78.9 (p = 0.987). Patient satisfaction rates for minimally invasive techniques and open procedures were 78.5 % and 78.1 % (p = 0.211). The complication rate was 5.3 % for the minimally invasive techniques and 10.5 % for the open procedures (p = 0.053).

Conclusion: We conclude that success rates of minimally invasive and open treatments are not different and that there is no difference in patient satisfaction but there is a tendency for more complications to occur in open procedures.

Keywords: Achilles tendinopathy; Midportion; Noninsertional; Operative treatment; Systematic review.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Tendinopathy / surgery*