Surgical repair of chronic complete hamstring tendon rupture in the adult patient

Am J Sports Med. Nov-Dec 1998;26(6):785-8. doi: 10.1177/03635465980260060801.


Complete rupture of the hamstring tendons in the adult is a rare injury. This report discusses complete rupture of the hamstring tendons in nine patients treated by late operative repair. All patients were referred from outside centers for a second opinion after failed nonoperative treatment. The diagnosis was made quite easily on clinical grounds and was confirmed at surgery. Surgical treatment in all cases consisted of reattachment of the hamstring tendons to the origin on the ischium, and in all cases it was necessary to perform neurolysis of the sciatic nerve. Good results were achieved in all cases, at follow-up all patients were satisfied with the surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rupture
  • Sciatic Nerve / surgery
  • Tendon Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Tendon Injuries* / surgery*
  • Tendons / surgery*
  • Thigh / injuries*
  • Treatment Outcome