Repair of tendon
Tendon repair is surgery to repair damaged or torn tendons.
Tendon repairs can often be done in an outpatient setting. Hospital stays, if any, are short.
Tendon repair can be performed using:
The surgeon makes a cut on the skin over the injured tendon. The damaged or torn ends of the tendon are sewn together.
If the tendon has been severely injured, a tendon graft may be needed.
If the tendon damage is too severe, the repair and reconstruction may have to be done at different times. The surgeon will perform one surgery to repair part of the injury. Another surgery will be done at a later time to finish repairing or reconstructing the tendon.
The goal of tendon repair is to bring back normal function of joints or surrounding tissues a tendon injury or tear.
Risks of anesthesia and surgery in general include:
Risks of this procedure include:
Tell your surgeon what medicines you are taking. These include medicines, herbs, and supplements you bought without a prescription.
During the days before the surgery:
On the day of the surgery:
Healing may take 6 to 12 weeks. During that time:
Most tendon repairs are successful with proper and continued physical therapy.
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Review Date: 7/25/2020
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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