Technical Note| Volume 23, ISSUE 4, P441.e1-441.e5, April 2007

Recurrent and Chronic Complete Ruptures of the Proximal Origin of the Hamstring Muscles Repaired With Fascia Lata Autograft Augmentation

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      Hamstring injuries are common, especially among athletes. A complete rupture of the proximal hamstring muscles requires surgical intervention. In this report we describe a reconstruction method for a complete proximal hamstring rupture using fascia lata autograft augmentation in addition to suture anchors. This method can be advocated in cases in which the primary repair has failed or in chronic injuries where a large defect between the distally retracted tendons and the ischial tuberosity prevents anatomic reinsertion. In our technique, a muscle-tendon flap is first created from the retracted tendon stump, turned proximally, and fixed to the ischial tuberosity by suture anchors. The fascia lata graft is then fixed from the midpart to the ischial tuberosity via the same sutures. The other sleeve of the graft is folded on the ventral side of the ruptured tendon stump and fixed by use of absorbable sutures. Then the other sleeve is folded on the dorsal side and fixed in the same manner. Finally, the fixation can still be reinforced with additional absorbable sutures passing through both sleeves of the graft, as well as the muscle-tendon bridge and the tendon stump.

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