Complications experienced in the rehabilitation of zone I flexor tendon injuries with dynamic traction splinting

Peter G. Gerbino, Miguel J. Saldana, Peggy Westerbeck, Timothy G. Schacherer

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Abstract

A retrospective review of all flexor tendon repairs done between January 1985 to June 1987 determined the complication rate with our method of rehabilitation. One hundred sixty-three flexor tendon lacerations in 83 patients were reviewed. Follow-up ranged from 6 to 42 months. All patients participated in the same 12-week rehabilitation protocol. All patients had passive motion exercises of the interphalangeal joints in the first 2 weeks. We believe that passive stretching of zone I injuries during the first 2 weeks contributed to the zone I complication rate. Of the 20 patients with zone I tendon-to-tendon repairs, 7 patients had significant complications. The 35% complication rate found with zone I injuries has prompted us to modify our postoperative rehabilitation protocol in zone I injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-686
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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