About Tendon Repair Surgery
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How is Tendon Repair Surgery Performed?
How to Prepare for Tendon Repair Surgery?
- The skin overlying the injured tendon is cleansed using an antiseptic solution.
- An incision is made over the injured tendon.
- Once the tendon is located, the damaged ends of the tendon are sutured together.
- In case of severe damage, a tendon graft is used by taking a part of tendon from any other part of the patient's body.
- The tendon graft is then used to repair the severely injured tendon.
- Connective tissues around the tendons may be reattached if required.
- The incision is closed with stitches and covered with a bandage.
- The patient is physically examined to ensure that the patient is in a good condition to undergo surgery.
- The patient's affected joint is studied using radiographs and other imaging tests.
- Some joint fluid may be withdrawn using a needle, which is tested for any signs of infection, bleeding, and arthritis.
- The doctor should be informed about any medication that the patient is taking with or without a prescription. These may include supplements or herbs or drugs.
- Certain medication that the patient is taking may be stopped two weeks before the surgery.
- The doctor should be informed if the patient has any ailments or medical conditions.
- The patient must stop smoking to ensure a quick recovery.
- An anesthesiologist will interview the patient to determine the appropriate anesthesia for the patient.
Days admitted : Tendon repair surgery is done as an outpatient procedure.
Anesthesia : Local, regional or general anesthesia is used, depending on the severity and location of the injury.
Recovery : - A cast or splint may be used to support the healing of the tendon for about 6 weeks.
- Depending on the location and severity of the tendon damage, the patient may need to rest the affected tendon.
- Medication may be prescribed by the doctor to control pain.
- The patient may recover to be able to resume light activities within a few days.
Risks : Risks of surgery include:
- Scar tissue formation that prevents smooth movements
- Injury to the nerves and other blood vessels
- Partial dysfunction of the affected joint
- Joint stiffness
- Blood clotting
After care : - The surgical bandages should be kept clean and dry. It should be covered while the patient is bathing.
- Medication should be taken according to the doctor’s orders.
- If patients are taking narcotic medicines, they should not drive.
- The patient should undergo physical therapy to help in recovery.
The doctor should be informed immediately if the following symptoms occur:
- High fever
- Signs of infection like redness, swelling, and drainage from the incision site.
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