What you need to know about a Tendon Repair Procedure
Tendon repair is a surgical procedure to treat a torn or damaged tendon – the soft stretchy tissues that connect muscles to the bone and helps to protect joints from damage. The purpose of Tendon Repair is to restore normal movement to a joint as tendon injuries are very painful and can make it difficult to move. Tendon repair is mostly performed on people with a deep cut that severs a tendon, an injury or tears due to rheumatoid arthritis, or an injury from contact sports.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Tendon repair surgery can be performed under local, regional, or general anesthetic, depending on your medical history and the location of the affected tendon. The procedure starts by making an incision in the skin over the injured tendon, then any damaged tendon is removed and the ends of the torn tendon are sewed together. The final step is closing the incision with sutures and covering the area with sterile dressing or bandages.
How Long Should You Stay in the Area?
Although tendon repairs are usually performed as an outpatient procedure (meaning you can leave the hospital on the same day of the surgery), you should aim to stay in the local area for 5 to 7 days. As you will need to attend follow-up hospital checkups where your surgeon will remove the stitches and monitor your healing
How Long is the Recovery Time?
The total period for recovery can take around 12 weeks, but you should be able to return to work earlier. Make sure to ask your doctor about the recovery timeline. Also, remember that you should avoid doing any exercises (including therapy exercises) until your surgeon allows you to do so.
What Aftercare Should You Consider?
Your surgeon will give you aftercare instructions, which may include wound care and dietary restrictions. For the first few days following the surgery, make sure to keep the affected area elevated to avoid swelling and pain. Your surgeon may also recommend physical therapy or occupational therapy exercises to regain your range of motion.
What is the Success Rate for a Tendon Repair Procedure?
The sooner the procedure is carried out after injury, the higher the success rate. However, there are some minor side effects and risks associated with the procedure, including loss of joint use, re-tearing of the tendon, stiffness of the joint, scar tissue, as well as problems with anesthesia.
Are there Alternatives to a Tendon Repair Procedure?
Physical therapy can be an alternative if you do not want to undergo surgery, but in some severe cases, you need both surgery and physical therapy to treat your damaged tendon effectively.
What Should You Expect Before and After the Procedure?
Before a Tendon repair, your movement and mobility may be limited as it can be very painful for you to move a joint. After the surgery, you should slowly regain your range of motion. Once you have recovered fully, you may be able to move like you used to before the damage to your tendon.
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