Tendon Repair

Tendon Repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a torn or damaged tendon, which is a fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. Tendons play a crucial role in the musculoskeletal system, facilitating joint movement and transmitting the force generated by muscle contractions to the bones. Tendon injuries can result from trauma, overuse, or degeneration and can lead to pain, weakness, and limitations in joint movement.

Here's an overview of the tendon repair process:

Preoperative Assessment: Before the surgery, the patient undergoes a thorough evaluation, which may include physical examinations, imaging studies (such as ultrasound or MRI), and a discussion of the patient's medical history and goals for the surgery.

Anesthesia: Tendon repair is typically performed under local anesthesia, regional anesthesia, or general anesthesia, depending on the location and extent of the injury, as well as the patient's preference.

Incision: The surgeon makes an incision at or near the site of the damaged or torn tendon to access it.

Tendon Examination: The damaged or torn tendon is carefully examined to assess the extent of the injury. In some cases, the surgeon may need to remove any scar tissue or unhealthy tissue to prepare the area for repair.

Tendon Repair: The surgeon repairs the tendon using various techniques, such as sutures (stitches), anchors, or other fixation devices. The goal is to rejoin the torn ends of the tendon and restore its function.

Closure: After the repair is complete, the incision is closed with sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing or bandage is applied.

Postoperative Care: Following the surgery, patients typically undergo a rehabilitation program that may include physical therapy to help regain strength, range of motion, and function in the affected area. The specifics of the rehabilitation program will depend on the location and extent of the tendon repair.

The specific technique used for tendon repair can vary depending on the type of tendon, the location of the injury, and the surgeon's judgment. Successful tendon repair aims to restore the integrity of the tendon, promote proper healing, and help patients regain strength and function in the affected area.

Recovery time also varies depending on the location and extent of the tendon injury and the patient's adherence to the rehabilitation program. It may take several weeks to several months to regain full function, and some patients may need to wear a splint or cast during the early stages of healing.

It's important for patients to follow their surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully and commit to the rehabilitation process to optimize the chances of a successful outcome and minimize the risk of complications.

Tendon Repair