What is Flexor Tendon Repair?

Extensor tendon repair is a surgical procedure to repair the flexor tendons, which run from your forearms, through your wrist, and across the palm of your hand, which allows you to bend your fingers. When the flexor tendons are damaged, you will not be able to bend one or more fingers, and you may also experience inflammation and discomfort. 

The flexor tendon repair procedure is performed under regional or general anesthesia. To begin the procedure, a tourniquet will be wrapped around the upper arm to inhibit bleeding. Your surgeon will then extend the wound or create an incision to gain access to the damaged tendons. The two ends of the damaged tendons will then be stitched together. The wound in the hand will be closed with stitches, and a splint will be applied to protect the repaired tendons, which should be worn for 3-6 weeks. 

Flexor Tendon Repair Recovery

Following surgery, you may experience bruising, pain, and swelling, which can be controlled with pain medication. You should take care to elevate the extremity for as much as possible for the first 3-5 days to reduce swelling. Recovery may take anywhere from 1-3 months depending on the severity of your tendon injury. Your surgeon will provide you with aftercare instructions which are vital to follow to ensure optimal results. 

How quickly you can return to regular activities and work will depend on the location and type of your injury, as well as the nature of your job. The repaired tendon usually returns to full strength after 12 weeks, but it can take up to six months to regain full range of motion. Some individuals may benefit from occupational therapy (OT) following surgery to help further restore their range of motion.

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If you are interested in learning more about de flexor tendon repair surgery, please contact Neaman Hand Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.

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