The human hand is composed of over 100 ligaments and tendons, allowing for precise control over hand and finger movements. The tendons in our hands and fingers are particularly vulnerable to injury because of their proximity to the surface of the skin. When damaged, tendon repair treatment from an experienced hand surgeon is required in order to prevent long-term debilitation.
The surgeons at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence are highly skilled in various hand procedures and can help determine the most effective course of treatment for your tendon injury. When surgery is the best option, we take pride in offering the most advanced and cutting- edge surgical techniques to provide our patients with unparalleled surgical outcomes.
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Types of Tendon Injuries
The most common causes of tendon injury include hand laceration, in which a tendon is severed, and jammed or crushed fingers, in which a tendon is torn. Depending on the location of the hand injury, two types of tendons may be involved:
- Flexor Tendons: Running along the palm, these tendons allow the fingers to curl into a fist. Injury often causes pain, swelling, and the inability to bend the affected finger and requires surgical repair.
- Extensor Tendons: Located on the back of the hand, these tendons serve to straighten the fingers and thumb and provide dexterity. Injury may alter the shape of the finger or prevent movement of certain parts of the hand and usually requires surgical repair. In some cases of mild extensor tendon injury, the tendon may heal naturally without surgery.
If you suspect that you have suffered a tendon injury, you should consult an experienced hand surgeon as soon as possible to avoid lasting complications. Tendon injuries are typically confirmed via MRI imaging, after which an appropriate treatment plan will be developed.
Tendon Repair Surgery
The goal of tendon repair surgery is to sew the severed ends of the tendon back together in cases where the tendon would not heal on its own. Under general anesthesia, an incision is made in the hand or finger and the ends of the injured tendon are located. Since tendons typically retract after a tear, the ends must be threaded back through the tendon sheath. Once the tendon has been brought into optimal position, the ends are trimmed and sutured back together. Finally, the incision is closed with sutures and covered with a dressing.
Recovery from Tendon Repair
Following tendon repair surgery, the hand and fingers are immobilized in a splint. Once the tendon has sufficiently healed, a hand rehabilitation program will be necessary to restore full strength and function to the hand. Our hand surgeons perform many tendon repair surgeries on an outpatient basis.
Contact an Expert Hand Surgeon
The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned orthopedic and plastic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive treatment of hand conditions. If you have any questions or are experiencing symptoms of a tendon injury, contact our hand surgeons in Los Angeles by calling (888) 529-1873 or through the appointment scheduling form on our website.