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Gross And Histological Analysis Of Healing After Dog Flexor Tendon Repair With The Teno Fix™ Device

B. W. SU, F. J. RAIA, H. M. QUITKIN, M. PARISIEN, R. J. STRAUCH, M. P. ROSENWASSER

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The purpose of this study was to examine the in vivo characteristics of the stainless-steel Teno Fix™ device used for flexor tendon repair. The common flexor digitorum superficialis tendon was transected in 16 dogs and repaired with the device. The animals were euthanized at 3, 6, or 12 weeks postoperatively. Difficulties with cast immobilization led nine of 16 animals to be full weight bearing too early, leading to rupture of their repairs. The seven tendons with successful primary repairs (gap <2 mm) underwent histological examination. This in vivo study demonstrates that use of the Teno Fix™ in “suture” of dog flexor tendons did not lead to scarring at the tendon surface, does not cause an inflammatory reaction within the tendon and does not interfere with tendon healing.