THE use of a "distant, bolt, retention or staple suture" for decreasing tension at the site of a surgical repair is a well established procedure. It has been used extensively for prevention of evisceration in abdominal wounds by Auchincloss.1 It has brought operations on tendons to peak efficiency in the hands of Bunnell.2 The latter author recently has contributed an additional feature to the suture by making it removable even when implanted into a tendon. This feature has increased its efficiency and adaptability immeasurably and makes logical his suggestion that it be used for repair of the larger tendons. As a result of the stimulus of his work, the procedure has been used in the fracture clinic of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York for repair of achilles, quadriceps and triceps tendons. The results to date compared with results of experiences with previous, more orthodox methods of repair
McLAUGHLIN HL. REPAIR OF RUPTURES THROUGH THE LARGER TENDONS BY REMOVABLE STAPLE SUTUREA Preliminary Report. Arch Surg. 1946;52(5):547–556. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1946.01230050555004
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