Tendon Laceration Repair
Reasons for Tendon Repair Surgery
Tendons are the soft connective tissues that hold muscles to bones. When our muscles contract, tendons pull the bones, causing joint movement. Tendon laceration repair is done to help remedy a torn of damaged tendon due to a laceration.
Many lacerations result from an object hitting the skin with force. In severe cases, a laceration can cut through skin, tissue, and tendons. If you experience deep lacerations that are life-threatening, call 911 immediately or visit your nearest emergency room.
How is Tendon Repair Surgery Done?
During tendon laceration repair surgery, small incisions will be made over the damaged tendon to access it. The ends of the damaged tendon will then be sewn back together. Dr. Ehrmantraut will check the surrounding tissues to make sure blood vessels and nerves have not been damaged. If not, the small incisions will be closed, and dressings will be applied.
In the case that there is not enough tendon to reconnect, a tendon graft may be done. This process includes using a piece of tendon from another part of the body, such as the foot or toe, to restore function to the damaged tendon.
In general, tendon laceration repair is done on an outpatient basis. Patients will be sent home with a splint or cast to support the healing tendon. Physical therapy may be needed to help regain strength and mobility in the damaged area. Healing can take up to 12 weeks, depending on the severity of the laceration.
If you have experienced a tendon laceration, contact our office today. Dr. Ehrmantraut will work with you to correct your damaged tendon. We serve patients in the southern Maryland, Annapolis and Arlington, VA areas.