A new tendon-lengthening technique using a tendon stripper for knee flexion contracture in a cerebral palsy patient

Publication date: Available online 11 September 2019Source: Journal of OrthopaedicsAuthor(s): Shogo Nakagawa, Hirotaka Mutsuzaki, Yuki Mataki, Ryoko Takeuchi, Hiroshi KamadaAbstractKnee flexion contracture in a patient with cerebral palsy was treated by a new tendon-lengthening technique using a tendon stripper. The patient was a 10-year-old girl with mixed types of cerebral palsy related to a chromosomal anomaly. She was classified as level IV in the Gross Motor Functional Classification System with a bilateral 30° knee flexion contracture. The semitendinosus and gracilis muscle tendons were released from distal to proximal using a tendon stripper. The pulled-out muscle tendons were placed along and on their muscle portions. In addition, the semimembranosus tendon and the tendon of the biceps femoris were lengthened by an intramuscular lengthening until the contracture was released. After three weeks of casting, a long leg brace was made, and rehabilitation was started with full weight-bearing standing exercises. One year after the surgery, the improvement in maximum knee flexion contracture was maintained at 10° or less without severe progression or any complication. This new technique of using the tendon stripper on knee flexion contracture for a patient with cerebral palsy can be safe, feasible, and effective.
Source: Journal of Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research

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