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Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2011 Dec;15(4):257-9. doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e318220e75a.

Anchor suture technique for muscle belly repair.

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  • 1Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


Upper extremity lacerations occur frequently. Although surgical indications for tendon repair are widely accepted, indications for repairing the midsubstance of muscles are not as clear. As the standard of care for muscle repair is absent, there are a variety of techniques available to the treating surgeon. In this study, we describe a technique used on several patients seen in our orthopedic practice. The use of orthogonally placed anchor sutures allows for more reliable suture passes and purchase in the muscle belly compared with simple end-to-end approximation. Furthermore, our technique does not introduce excessive foreign material as has been suggested by previous techniques.

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