The Rehasport Clinic is developing its own method of Achilles tendon reconstruction

The Rehasport Clinic is developing its own method of Achilles tendon reconstruction

Published

The Rehasport Clinic in Poznan is developing its own method of using a percutaneous surgical technique to treat large Achilles tendon defects. Over the past seven years, 20 patients have been operated using the innovative method. The results of the treatment were very good - the patients included athletes who returned to their careers in spite of earlier unfavourable predictions.

Doctor Tomasz Piontek, a specialist at the Rehasport Clinic, is the originator of an innovative surgical technique for the reconstruction of the Achilles tendon. This method proves very useful in difficult and often otherwise hopeless cases.

Together with my team we worked to improve the technique, because the earlier methods did not seem to work and often resulted in complications. Patients treated with our technique have had great results. They have all returned to full fitness and professional athletes are able to once again practice their disciplines. In some cases the results of the treatment exceeded our expectations

Doctor Tomasz Piontek, specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology of the locomotor system at the Rehasport Clinic

Over time, the technique was modified - to the extent that today it is completely percutaneous, and allows for an endoscopic plastic surgery of the tuber calcanei to be performed during the procedure.

In March, Prof Gino Kerkhoffs, President of the Dutch Arthroscopy Association and a renowned orthopaedic surgeon from the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, conducted a joint study with the orthopaedic team from the Rehasport Clinic in Poznan.

Our joint study with Gino Kerkhoffs involved performing procedures on frozen specimens, and, in cooperation with the Poznan University of Technology, testing the biomechanical advantages of Achilles tendon reconstruction. Thanks to these tests we are able to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of the method, but also improve the durability aspects. The results provide an insight into when we can allow the patient to walk with a full load and how to improve the fixation technique.

Doctor Tomasz Piontek, specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology of the locomotor system at the Rehasport Clinic

Other study participants included Dr Kinga Ciemniewska-Gorzela, Dr Andrzej Pyda and Dr Paweł Bąkowski. The cooperation between the specialists from the Rehasport Clinic and the Poznan University of Medical Sciences, the University of Amsterdam and the Poznan University of Technology will contribute to the global introduction of a modern, percutaneous surgical technique to treat large Achilles tendon defects. The procedures were performed at PoznańLAB, the Institute of Practical Medicine, one of the most modern centres of its kind in Europe, and the necessary implants were supplied by Smith & Nephew.

Copy as a Plain Text

Share

Related Stories
Healthy baby - the challenge of modern times

ago

In 2016, over 382,000 births were recorded in Poland [1]. Research shows that two thirds of parents feed their children the wrong diet and expand their children’s diet too quickly [2]. The knowledge on how to take proper care of infants is still insufficient, which increases the risk of disease in later years. That is why regular medical check-ups for a newborn baby are so important to ensure that his health and development are constantly assessed. Constant paediatric care also enables parents to deepen their knowledge about the best ways to take care of their child's health.
Medicover first in Europe to launch pilot project aimed at identifying patients at risk of colorectal cancer

ago

Medicover Polska is testing the ColonFlag modern solution that will allow to effectively identify patients at risk for colorectal cancer. The tool determines the risk of intestinal lesions by further analysing the results of a commonly performed blood test. The pilot project is being developed in collaboration with Medial EarlySign, an Israeli company that creates machine-learning systems in the area of data-driven medicine.
Dr Bożena Walewska-Zielecka becomes new Medical Director and joins the Medicover Board

ago

In June of this year, Dr Bożena Walewska-Zielecka was appointed to the Management Board of Medicover Sp. z o.o. and took over the post of Medical Director at Medicover. In her new role she will be responsible for medical quality, occupational medicine, prevention standards and the quality and risk management system, among others.
Nearly one in four Poles have thyroid dysfunction

ago

On one hand, weakness, excessive sleepiness, prone to freezing, weight gain and apathy. On the other, insomnia, feeling hot, weight loss, nervousness and irritability. All these symptoms can point to the dysfunction of the same gland - the thyroid. Experts estimate that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from thyroid problems, but as many as half of them are not aware of the illness.

Tick season is in full swing - how to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases

Tick season has just begun but the sanitary and epidemiological stations (SANEPID) have already reported hundreds of tick bites. According to SANEPID data, the number of cases of the most common tick-borne diseases in Poland – Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) – is on the rise. The most susceptible to bites are those who spend time outdoors from March through November.