Tendon Repair Surgery
Tendons make movement possible. These soft tissues in your body anchor your muscles to your bones. When your muscles contract, your tendons will pull the bone towards the contracting muscle, creating the movement you desire. If you should damage a tendon, often movement can become impaired or even impossible.
Damage to a tendon which does not get repaired quickly can lead to long-term and often permanent disability. Tendon trauma can occur in many ways, including sports injuries, joint lacerations or rheumatoid arthritis. Tendon tears or separation of the tendon from the bone frequently occur as a result of these causes.
Pain may vary widely with tendon injuries, but the absence of pain does not make the injury any less serious. Also, tendon injuries often do not heal well on their own due to the constant movement of your joints, so surgical repair often becomes necessary to achieve a healthy recovery.
Can Tendon Repair Surgery Help?
Tendon repair surgery can help you if you have recently experienced joint trauma and have either pain, impairment or loss of use of one or more of your joints. Since tendon injuries may heal poorly on their own, the sooner you visit your board-certified surgeon for a consultation and determine if you qualify for a tendon repair surgery, the greater the likelihood that you will benefit from the surgery.
Should You Receive Tendon Repair Surgery?
Any surgery involves risks, including tendon repair surgery. Having surgery, you face the risk of complications from anesthesia, which can include breathing difficulty or skin reactions, as well as risks from infection and bleeding.
Tendon repairs have the additional risks of scar tissue, joint stiffness and possible re-injury. These risks remain small, however, and restoring the healthy use of your joints usually far outweighs the potential risks.