The Internal Brace for Midsubstance Achilles Ruptures

Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Jul;37(7):794-800. doi: 10.1177/1071100716653373.

Abstract

The efficient and effective function of the Achilles tendon is essential for normal gait and sporting performance. The optimal technique for the operative repair of the Achilles midsubstance rupture remains controversial. Suboptimal outcomes are common even after successful Achilles repair. Factors contributing to poor outcomes include a tenuous soft tissue envelope (leading to wound complications, peritendinous adhesions, and poor tendon healing,) as well as failure to maintain appropriate musculotendinous length, even after successful repair.We present a new technique using the InternalBrace (IB) and a modification of the Percutaneous Achilles Repair System (PARS; Arthrex Inc, Naples, FL), the Achilles Mid-Substance Speed Bridge Repair. This IB approach is knotless, respects the soft tissue envelope, and allows the appropriate musculotendinous length to be set intraoperatively. The IB principle enables direct fixation to bone allowing early mobilization while minimizing the risk of knot slippage, accelerating recovery, and allowing for restoration of normal function.

Level of evidence: Level V, expert opinion.

Keywords: Achilles tendon repair; InternalBrace; knotless; midsubstance rupture.

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / physiopathology*
  • Achilles Tendon / surgery*
  • Bone and Bones / physiology*
  • Braces
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Rupture / pathology*
  • Rupture / surgery*
  • Sports
  • Wound Healing / physiology