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Operative Versus Non-operative Treatment of Achilles Tendon Rupture

This study has been completed.
The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sharon Griffin, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic Identifier:
First received: January 31, 2006
Last updated: November 26, 2015
Last verified: November 2015

This study is intended to determine whether the optimal treatment of acute Achilles tendon ruptures is surgical repair or functional bracing.

Our hypotheses are surgical repair will: 1) Result in a clinically relevant decrease in re-rupture rate and 2) Result in a clinically relevant improvement in disease specific quality of life and 3) A clinically relevant improvement in functional outcome measures

Condition Intervention
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Procedure: Surgical repair Achilles tendon rupture
Procedure: Non-surgical repair Achilles tendon rupture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Operative Versus Non-operative Treatment of Achilles Tendon Rupture: A Multicentre, Prospective Randomized Study.

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Further study details as provided by Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Re-rupture rate

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Minor complications
  • Major Complications
  • Range of Motion, Strength and Calf Circumference
  • Strength Testing
  • Disease Specific Quality of Life

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: December 2000
Study Completion Date: July 2007
Primary Completion Date: July 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Complete Achilles Tendon Rupture Less than 7 days from date of injury Age 18-70 years of age Ability to follow rehab protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

Inability to Speak English Significant ipsilateral injury Open injury to Achilles tendon Neurological disease (ie stroke, cerebral palsy) Collagen Disease (ie Ehlers Danlos disease) Pregnancy Fluoroquinolone associated rupture (rupture within 2 weeks of taking medication) Unfit for surgery Diabetes Peripheral Vascular disease Avulsion of Achilles tendon from calcaneus

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00284648

Canada, Ontario
Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic
The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
Principal Investigator: Kevin Willits, MD University of Western Ontario, Canada
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sharon Griffin, Research Coordinator, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic Identifier: NCT00284648     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 99-36
Study First Received: January 31, 2006
Last Updated: November 26, 2015

Keywords provided by Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic:
Achilles tendon

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on April 28, 2017