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Chirurgia del Piede 2010 December;34(3):163-70

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language: English

Tendoscopy of the foot and ankle. Anatomical basis and indications

Vega J. 1, 2, Golanó P. 2, Álvarez F. 3, 4, Dalmau A. 1, Viladot R. 4

1 Department of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery, Hospital Asepeyo Sant Cugat, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain 2 Laboratory of Arthroscopic and Surgical Anatomy, Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics (Human Anatomy Unit), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 3 Department of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery, Hospital San Rafael, Barcelona, Spain 4 Department of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery, Clínica Tres Torres, Barcelona, Spain


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Tendoscopy is the endoscopy of the tendons. The working area of this minimally invasive technique is located between the tendon and its envelope. The main difficulties of tendoscopy are to create and maintain a working area, to approach the tendon through appropriate and safe portals and, to recognize the anatomical structures during procedure. A wide anatomical knowledge and arthroscopic training are required to minimize surgical risks during tendoscopy. The aim of this article is to provide the anatomical basis of the tendoscopy in foot and ankle and to expose their main indications.

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