Surgical management of chronic proximal hamstring tendinopathy in athletes: A 2 to 11 years of follow-up

Francesco Benazzo, Matteo Marullo, Giacomo Zanon, Cristian Indino, Francesco Pelillo

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Background: Proximal hamstring tendinopathy typically afflicts athletes. The poor knowledge of this pathology can lead to late diagnosis and late treatment, which in chronic cases could be challenging. Surgical treatment could resolve the symptoms and could permit the return to full sport activity also in chronic cases. Materials and methods: We retrospectively evaluated 17 high-level athletes surgically treated for proximal hamstring tendinopathy. Symptoms lasted for an average of 23 months and were resistive to conservative treatment. Results: The follow-up period averaged 71 months. Return to run without pain occurred at a mean of 2.4 months (range 1-4) after surgery. All patients returned to sports at their pre-symptom level at a mean of 4.4 months after surgery. Results were excellent in 15 patients (88 %) and good in two patients (12 %). No results were fair or poor. Conclusions: Surgical treatment to manage chronic proximal hamstring tendinopathy in high-level athletes showed excellent results in terms of relief from symptoms and return to previous sport level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • Hamstring injuries
  • Lower limb surgery
  • Muscle injuries
  • Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
  • Sport injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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