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A 58-year-old male with a history of chronic posterior ankle pain feels a "pop" and experiences a sharp pain in the back of his heel after jumping off a step. He is placed in a splint and is subsequently lost to follow-up. Six months later he presents complaining of weakness and pain. Examination reveals weakness to ankle plantarflexion and increased passive ankle dorsiflexion. An MRI of his ankle is shown in Figure A. Intraoperatively, a tendon defect a is measured to be 4cm in length. What is the most appropriate treatment plan:
Equinus casting for 6 to 8 weeks
Surgical repair through an percutaneous approach with plantaris transfer
Surgical reconstruction through an open approach with Achilles allograft
Surgical repair through an open approach with flexor hallucis longus transfer
Surgical repair through an limited open approach with peroneus longus transfer
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Which of the following outcomes has been reported with surgical repair of acute Achilles tendon ruptures as compared to non-operative treatment with functional rehabilitation?
Improved ankle dorsiflexion strength at 6 month follow-up
Improved ankle dorsiflexion range-of-motion at 6 month follow-up
Improved mean SMFA scores at 12 months
A statistically significant decrease in re-rupture rates
Increased complication rates
A 36-year-old man presents with fever, pain, and wound drainage 4 months after repair of an acute Achilles tendon rupture. A clinical image is shown in Figure A. Laboratory studies show an ESR of 29 (reference range 0-22 mm/hr). It is decided that he will undergo debridement and irrigation followed by culture specific antibiotic therapy. In the operating room, the Achilles tendon is found to have re-ruptured with a 5 cm defect. What is the most appropriate surgical treatment at this time?
Primary repair of the re-ruptured Achilles tendon
Debridement of necrotic and infected tendon tissue, with no attempt at reconstruction
V-Y plasty of the re-ruptured Achilles tendon
Repair of the re-ruptured Achilles tendon with a turndown procedure
Repair of defect with flexor hallucis longus tendon transfer
A 58-year-old golfer fell stepping into a sand trap and ruptured his Achilles tendon one year ago. He initially chose non-operative treatment, but became unsatisfied with a tender fullness behind his ankle and ankle weakness noticeable during his tee shots. At the time of surgery, a large disorganized fibrous mass is found at the site of rupture. Following extensive debridement there is a 5 cm gap between viable tissue ends. Which of the following surgical techniques provides the greatest likelihood of a successful clinical outcome?
Gastocnemius turndown repair augmented with transfer of the posterior tibial tendon
Gastocnemius turndown repair augmented with transfer of the extensor digitorum longus
Gastocnemius turndown repair augmented with transfer of the flexor hallucis longus
Reconstruction with hamstring autograft
Primary repair with the foot in maximal plantarflexion followed by a gradual stretching program
What is the greatest advantage of surgical repair of an acute Achilles tendon rupture with early range of motion compared to non-operative treatment with immobilization in a short-leg cast for 6 weeks?
Lower rate of infection
Higher rate of normal skin sensation
Better skin cosmesis
Lower rate of dehiscence
Lower rate of re-rupture
A 38-year-old patient has an acute Achilles tendon rupture. He is active in sports and is deciding between operative and nonoperative treatments. Which of the following statements applies to patients undergoing conservative treatment with a cast for 6 weeks followed by a course of physical therapy?
They have lower patient satisfaction scores
They are less likely to return to sport
Their ultimate strength is decreased
They have a higher risk for rerupture
They have a higher risk of skin problems
Which factor increases the chance of wound complications after Achilles tendon repair?
Increased body mass index
Age over 40 years old
A 41-year-old female feels a pop in her ankle while playing tennis. She is diagnosed with an acute Achilles tendon rupture and elects to undergo nonoperative management. Which of the following is a difference seen with nonoperative management with early functional rehabilitation compared with operative treatment?
decreased incidence of deep venous thrombosis
no significant differences
increased rate of re-rupture
earlier return to sport
increased complication rate