by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
This is surgery to repair a damaged or torn tendon.
Reasons for Procedure
This surgery is done when a torn tendon causes muscle weakness and loss of function.
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
The surgical team may meet with you to talk about:
The doctor may give:
Description of the Procedure
A cut will be made in the skin over the tendon. The torn ends of the tendon will be sewn together or reattached to the bone. Some people may need to have a tendon graft. This takes a piece of healthy tendon from another part of the body and uses it to reconnect the tendon. The incision will be closed with stitches. A bandage will be put over it.
How Long Will It Take?
How long it takes depends on where the tendon is located and how badly it is damaged.
Will It Hurt?
Pain and swelling are common in the first 1 to 2 weeks. Medicine and home care can help.
Average Hospital Stay
You may be able to go home the same day. If you have problems, you may need to stay longer.
At the Care Center
Right after the procedure, the staff may:
During your stay, staff will take steps to lower your chance of infection, such as:
You can also lower your chance of infection by:
It will take some time for full recovery with a gradual return to normal activity levels.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Ortho Info—American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Public Health Agency of Canada
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
Last Updated: 3/31/2021
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