Operative Management of Acute Triceps Tendon Ruptures: Review of 184 Cases

Raffy Mirzayan, Daniel C. Acevedo, Jeffrey F. Sodl, Edward H. Yian, Ronald A. Navarro, Oke Anakwenze, Anshuman Singh
  • The American Journal of Sports Medicine, March 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0363546518757426

Surgical treatment of triceps tendon tears

What is it about?

The standard trans-osseous (bone tunnel) repair has been used for decades. The use of anchors to repair triceps tendon tears has gained popularity. There are no large scale studies comparing the two repair techniques. We compared the complication rates between these two techniques in 184 cases

Why is it important?

This is the largest series of surgical management of triceps ruptures in the literature. We found that the trans-osseous (bone tunnel) repair had a significantly higher re-rupture (re-tear) and re-operation rates. In addition, patients in the anchor group were released from medical care 1 month sooner than the trans-osseous group. Although it was not statistically significant, the trans-osseous group also had a higher infection rate.


Raffy Mirzayan (Author)
Kaiser Permanente

Based on our clinical findings and on previously published biomechanical data, we feel that anchor-based repairs should be performed for triceps tendon repairs.

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