Soft Tissue Reconstruction with Artelon for Multiple Foot and Ankle Applications

Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2018 Jul;35(3):331-342. doi: 10.1016/j.cpm.2018.02.008. Epub 2018 May 4.


Surgical repair of tendons of the foot and ankle is performed utilizing various methods, including autografts, allografts, and synthetic grafts. Artelon is a synthetic biomaterial that is fabricated from wet-spun fibers of PCL-based polyurethane urea, and has, optimal mechanical properties compared with other grafting options. Because of excellent results of Artelon in ACL reconstruction, its use was explored in 3 foot and ankle cases: repair of Achilles, posterior tibial, and peroneal tendons. Artelon has proven to be a successful alternative for tendon repairs, with all 3 cases returning to full function within 8 to 16 weeks and with no complications related to the graft.

Keywords: Achilles tendon; Artelon; Peroneal tendon rupture; Synthetic tendon graft; Tendon graft; Tendon rupture.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / injuries*
  • Aged
  • Ankle Joint*
  • Arthroplasty / methods*
  • Biocompatible Materials*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polyurethanes*
  • Tendinopathy / etiology
  • Tendinopathy / pathology
  • Tendinopathy / surgery*


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Polyurethanes
  • polyetherurethane urea