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Biomechanical Assessment Of A New Type Of Flexor Tendon Repair

A. M. SMITH, D. M. EVANS

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A four-strand adaptation of the Kessler repair is described and the results of biomechanical testing in pig tendons are reported. The strength of our repair was compared against standard Kessler repairs using Ethibond or Ti.cron as the core sutures. The average tensile strength for the Ethibond Kessler repair was 33 Newtons and that of the Ti.cron Kessler repair was 31 Newtons. The average tensile strength for the Evans repair was 52 Newtons. This new method of flexor tendon repair is significantly stronger than the modified Kessler repair and is simpler to use than other multi-strand repair techniques.