A combined regimen of controlled motion following flexor tendon repair in “no man’s land”

Jimmy A. Chow, Linwood J. Thomes, Sam Dovelle, William H. Milnor, Alan E. Seyfer, Allan C. Smith

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Abstract

A program of controlled motion following repair of flexor tendons in the hand is presented. This regimen incorporates the features of active extension against rubber band passive flexion, as well as those of controlled passive extension and passive flexion.In this prospective study, 44 digits with complete lacerations of the flexor digitorum profundus and flexor digitorum superficialis in zone 2 were treated. Using the Strickland formula8 of total active motion of the inter-phalangeal joints, 36 fingers (82 percent) were rated “excellent”; 7 fingers (16 percent) were rated “good”; 1 finger (2 percent) was rated “fair”; none was rated “poor” There was no statistical difference between the results of delayed primary repair and immediate primary repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-453
Number of pages7
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Volume79
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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