Original Research| Volume 56, ISSUE 6, P1132-1138, November 2017

Surgical Correction of Haglund's Triad Using a Central Tendon-Splitting Approach: A Retrospective Outcomes Study

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      We evaluated the surgical outcomes of Haglund's triad using a central tendon-splitting approach, with Achilles tendon partial detachment and debridement, excision of the retrocalcaneal bursa, resection of Haglund's prominence, and reattachment of the Achilles tendon. The medical records of 22 patients (22 heels) who had undergone surgical correction of Haglund's triad from January 2010 to December 2015 were reviewed retrospectively. The visual analog scale pain score, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Ankle-Hindfoot scale score, and 36-item Short-Form Health Survey physical and mental component scores were prospectively collected preoperatively, 6 months postoperatively, and at the last visit. The scores of a subjective question involving satisfaction were prospectively collected at the last visit. Possible risk factors were also evaluated. We reviewed the data from 12 females and 10 males, with the mean age of 59.2 ± 7.3 years and a mean follow-up duration of 15.1 ± 4.6 months. Significant improvement was found in the mean visual analog scale pain score, average American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Ankle-Hindfoot scale score, and 36-item Short-Form Health Survey physical component scale score. The overall satisfaction rate was 77.3% (17 of 22). Postoperative complications included 2 cases of delayed wound healing and 1 case of sensation loss over the heel wound. No Achilles tendon rupture or wound infection developed. Gender and body mass index did not affect the surgical outcomes. The surgical technique we used for Haglund's triad provided effective pain relief, function improvement, and overall enhancement of patients' health condition. More research is required to further evaluate the outcomes of our surgical approach to treat Haglund's triad and the possible risk factors.

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