A new technique for the treatment of flexor digitorum profundus tendon avulsion

Raymond O. Schultz, David B. Drake, Raymond F. Morgan

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Abstract

Current treatment of flexor digitorum profundus (FDP) avulsion with complex external wire or button fixation is associated with significant morbidity. A new method of internal fixation avoids the complications that are associated with previous techniques. Through a volar Bruner incision; the profundus tendon is retrieved. A transverse dorsal incision is made and two holes are drilled. A double-arm suture is passed through the tendon and bone, and is tied dorsally. Both incisions are closed, leaving the repair entirely internal. This simple technique produces a solid reinsertion of the FDP tendon and avoids damage to the nail bed and matrix. Internal fixation eliminates nail plate deformities, reduces cost, speeds recovery, and produces a stable reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-48
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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