Studies of surgical outcome after patellar tendinopathy: clinical significance of methodological deficiencies and guidelines for future studies. Victorian Institute of Sport Tendon Study Group.
BD Coleman, KM Khan, N Maffulli, JL Cook, JD Wark
Scand J Med Sci Sports | Published : 2000
Patellar tendinopathy is often treated surgically after failure of conservative treatment but clinical experience suggests that results are not uniformly excellent. The aim of this review was to (i) identify the different surgical techniques that have been reported and compare their success rates, and (ii) critically assess the methodology of studies that have reported surgical outcomes. Twenty-three papers and two abstracts were included in the review. Surgical procedures were categorized and outcomes summarized. Using ten criteria, an overall methodology score was derived for each paper. Criteria for which scores were generally low (indicating methodological deficiency) concerned the type ..View full abstract