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.
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