The excursion resistance between the canine flexor digitorum profundus tendon and A2 pulley was compared after pulley reconstruction using tendon grafts of either intrasynovial or extrasynovial origin at 10 days, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks after surgery. The changes over time in the underlying flexor digitorum profundus tendon after pulley reconstruction were also evaluated. The excursion resistance for both types of pulley reconstruction was significantly greater than that of the control group at all time periods. The excursion resistance of the extrasynovial tendon graft reconstruction was greater than that of intrasynovial pulley reconstruction at all time periods. In conclusion, pulley reconstruction with intrasynovial tendon grafts may facilitate tendon gliding after surgery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine