Treatment of Chronic Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy with Surgical Debridement and Suture Anchor Repair


We evaluated outcomes following surgical debridement and suture anchor repair of chronic proximal hamstring tendinopathy without sciatic nerve decompression. Chart review identified eight patients (one bilateral) who met study requirements. All eight patients were available for follow-up at a mean of 6.7 years and none underwent re-operation on the index hip during the follow-up period. Seven patients completed patient-reported outcome scores. The mean LEFS score was 81.1, and the mean SANE score was 74.9. The mean Marx activity score was 2.8, and the mean Custom Marx score was 23.3. Pain relief was excellent. The mean numeric pain score at rest was 0.6, while the mean numeric pain score with activity was 4.0. Treatment of chronic, recalcitrant proximal hamstring tendinopathy with surgical debridement and suture anchor repair without exploration of the sciatic nerve results in excellent pain relief, good function, and low re-operation risk. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 31(1):061–064, 2022)

Key words: proximal hamstring, tendinopathy, debridement, repair

SKU: JSOA-2022-31-1-11 Categories: , Tags: , , ,

Sean Fitzpatrick, MD; Robert A. Magnussen, MD MPH; Benjamin Léger-St-Jean, MD, FRCSC; Zylyftar Gorica, MD; W. Kelton Vasileff, MD; and Christopher C. Kaeding, MD