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ISRN Plastic Surgery
Volume 2014, Article ID 687128, 4 pages
Research Article

Flexor Tendon Injuries in the Hand: A UK Survey of Repair Techniques and Suture Materials—Are We Following the Evidence?

1Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Surrey GU16 7UJ, UK
2Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, UK

Received 7 February 2014; Accepted 27 February 2014; Published 18 March 2014

Academic Editors: J. W. Park, E. Raposio, and F. Siemers

Copyright © 2014 W. B. J. Rudge and M. James. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Injuries to the hand are common, and poor functional outcomes can have significant long-term consequences affecting both work and social activities. Good outcomes following flexor tendon lacerations in the hand are dependent on a sound surgical repair allowing early active mobilisation. Materials and Methods. We reviewed the literature regarding the choice of suture material and repair technique. We then carried out a nationwide postal survey of plastic surgery hand units to assess the level of compliance with the evidence. Results. Fifty-four units were surveyed. The response rate was 72%, with the most popular core suture being Prolene (64%) and the most popular technique being the Kessler repair (36%). Discussion. Current evidence advocates a multistrand repair using Ethibond. We found that the majority of units are not following the evidence. We suggest the use of evidence-based departmental guidelines to improve the practice and outcomes following these common injuries.