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Old 01-28-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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Cadaver tendon

Just wondering if anyone has had a tendon replaced with a cadaver tendon and if so what was recovery like and are you happy you had the surgery? Looks like this might be my next step and need some info.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #2
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Re: Cadaver tendon

I was going to, but my dr. actually did a newer technique using the periosteal flap of my fibula. It is basically using the outer layer of tissue as a ligament. That way you don't have to use a cadaver tendon. I went into surgery expecting the cadaver tendon because that's what we discussed, but came out with this. I guess the dr. decided to do that in surgery because I had enough tissue to use. He also tore out my ligaments and restrung them, for lack of a better term, and then did another Brostrom to shorten them.

I was worried about the cadaver tendon, but from what I was told and read the chance of infection is really low.

My ankle is very stable in terms of the ligaments right now. As for recovery, I can't really say because I also had other procedures done at the same time.
Brostrom x2, peroneal tendon repair x2, Peroneal subluxation, PTT tendon repair, microfracture x5, OATS, Distraction arthroplasty, ORIF talus & fibula, subtalar fusion, ankle replacement (failed)

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