Effect of a bovine collagen matrix on tendon adhesions during the repair of rat Achilles tendon

Gurler M., Aksan T., Ozturk M. B., Tezcan M., Yildirim A. N. T., Bozdag E., ...More

HAND SURGERY & REHABILITATION, vol.40, no.3, pp.250-257, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.hansur.2021.01.005
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.250-257
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Adhesion after a tendon injury is one of the major problems following upper extremity surgery. In the present study, we evaluated a new material that is clinically usable as an adhesion barrier. Twenty-four male Wistar albino rats were used in the study. These rats (48 legs) were divided into three groups: sham, control, and experimental. No surgical intervention was performed in the sham group. After making a full-thickness cut through the right Achilles tendon, the tendon was repaired using the modified Kessler technique in the control group, while bovine collagen matrix was wrapped around the surgically repaired tendon using the modified Kessler technique in the experimental group. Two months after surgery, the operated and non-operated tendons were resected and analyzed through biomechanical, macroscopic, and histopathological examinations. The results of the biomechanical testing did not differ significantly between the control and experimental groups. Macroscopic examination of the adhesions revealed less adhesions in the experimental group but this difference was not statistically significant. Moreover, the results of the histopathological examination, which was performed based on five criteria, did not differ significantly between the two groups. Our study's results indicate that a bovine collagen matrix can be used to prevent tendon adhesion; however, larger studies are needed to verify these findings. (C) 2021 SFCM. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.