CC BY 4.0 · VCOT Open 2020; 03(02): e84-e89
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1715135
Case Report

Treatment of Common Calcaneal Tendon Rupture Using a Central Gastrocnemius Turnover Aponeurotic Flap Technique in a Dog

Sergio Minei
1  Surgical Department, Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara, Bari, Italy
,
Filippo Cinti
1  Surgical Department, Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara, Bari, Italy
,
Brunella Pompei
1  Surgical Department, Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara, Bari, Italy
,
Paolo Abrescia
1  Surgical Department, Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara, Bari, Italy
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Abstract

A 9-year-old, intact male, German wirehaired pointer was referred for suspected Achilles tendon rupture 3 weeks after an injury. A three-loop pulley suture pattern combined with a locking loop suture reduced the gap between the tendon ends to 7 mm and a central gastrocnemius turnover aponeurotic flap was used to cover the remaining gap. A type II free-form methyl methacrylate transarticular external skeletal fixator was used to keep the tarsocrural joint in extension until 45 days postoperatively. Short- and long-term clinical and ultrasonographic evaluations showed gradual improvement in weight-bearing and progressive tendon healing. At 6 months after surgery, the dog had normal limb function and had returned to the previous activity level. To the authors' knowledge, this tendon repair technique has been described in humans and in one cat but has not yet been reported in dogs.



Publication History

Received: 17 February 2020

Accepted: 28 June 2020

Publication Date:
30 August 2020 (online)

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