Biomechanical Properties of a New Multilocking Loop Peripheral Suture Technique for the Repair of Flexor Tendons A Comparative Experimental Study


TURK Y. C. , GÜNEY A. , ÖNER M. , HALICI M.

ANNALS OF PLASTIC SURGERY, vol.65, no.4, pp.425-429, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/sap.0b013e3181d625bc
  • Title of Journal : ANNALS OF PLASTIC SURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.425-429

Abstract

We aimed to evaluate the biomechanical properties of a new multilocking loop peripheral suture technique. For this aim, 40-deep digital flexor tendons of adult male sheep front limb were divided and then repaired using one of the following methods: simple peripheral suture plus 2- or 4-strand Kessler core suture or a new multilocking loop peripheral suture combined with either 2- or 4-strand Kessler core suture. Intact tendons were used as controls. The following biomechanical parameters were tested: ultimate tensile strength, energy to failure, 2-mm gap formation force, stiffness, and mechanism of failure. Regardless of the number of core suture strands, the new technique resulted in greater ultimate tensile strength, energy to failure, 2-mm gap formation force, and stiffness values, compared with simple running peripheral suture. In conclusion, the new multilocking loop peripheral suture technique represents a biomechanically strong and technically suitable method for flexor tendon repair.