Tendon repair surgery is a surgical procedure that repairs a torn or damaged tendon, often in the shoulders, elbows, ankles, knees, and fingers. If a tendon has been damaged in any way, it can cause weakness and pain, and limit movement. You might be a candidate for surgery if you have a tendon injury that makes it hard to move a joint, or if you have severe pain in the area.
Dignity Health offers minimally invasive tendon repair in Arizona as part of our orthopedic services. To learn more about your options for surgery, or to request an appointment, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health today.
Why Tendon Repair is Performed
Doctors at Dignity Health may recommend tendon repair if you have an injury that prevents full range of motion in a joint due to pain. Tendon injury can occur from cuts that go through the skin and into the tendon. It’s not uncommon to sustain an injury to a tendon during contact sports, such as wrestling, football, or rugby. Other reasons for tendon repair include chronic inflammation from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
What to Expect With Tendon Repair at Dignity Health
The procedure will take place in a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient surgery center. You will be given anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain during the surgery. Types of anesthesia include local, regional, or general. In most cases, you’ll be able to return home the same day of your procedure.
If you’re eligible for minimally invasive surgery, your surgeon will make one or more small incisions in the area over the damaged tendon. Using small surgical tools, the surgeon will sew the torn ends of the tendon together. The surrounding area will be checked to make sure there is no other damaged tissue. The surgeon will then close the incision, bandage the area with sterilized bandages, and immobilize the joint so it can heal properly.
Recovering From Tendon Surgery
Depending on the extent of surgery, the recovery period for tendon repair may take up to 12 weeks. During this time, you’ll need to wear a cast or splint to keep the area stable. Physical therapy may be a part of your recovery.
If tendon surgery is followed by proper physical therapy, the outlook can be very positive. The sooner the tendon repair is performed after an injury, the better your chance of a successful surgery and recovery. Speak with an orthopedic doctor at Dignity Health to learn more about the risks and benefits of tendon repair in Arizona.
Dignity Health offers excellence in care to treat a wide range of injuries and chronic conditions, including tendon repair in Arizona.