Many of us will require tendon correction procedure in our lifetimes. But many people are unaware of what tendon correction procedures involve. Here are some answers to some of the frequently asked questions about tendon correction procedures:
What are tendon correction procedures?
Tendon correction procedures are surgical procedures carried out to repair a torn or damaged tendon. Your tendons are the soft tissues that join your muscles to your bones. As your muscles contract, your tendons pull on your bones, causing your joints to move, so when your tendons become damaged, movement can become difficult and limited. You may also experience some weakness in the damaged area.
When are tendon correction procedures needed?
Tendon correction procedures usually help people who have suffered a tendon injury that is making movement in a particular joint painful or difficult. The aim of these procedures is to return joint movement to normal. You may injure a tendon anywhere in the body where tendons are present – which means any of your joints could suffer an injury. Most people who suffer a tendon injury tend to suffer from an injury to their ankles, knees, fingers, elbows or shoulders.
You may injure your tendons during contact sports such as wrestling, football and rugby, though you may also injure your tendons with a cut that goes through the skin and tendon.
What do tendon correction procedures involve?
During your tendon correction procedure, your surgeon will:
– make one or a number of small incisions in your skin over the damaged tendon
– surgically sew the damaged ends of the tendon back together
– check the surrounding areas to make sure surrounding tissues, blood vessels or nerves have suffered no further injuries
– close the incision with surgical sutures
– dress the wound with sterile dressings or bandages
– support the joint with a splint to allow the tendon to heal fully.
If your surgeon feels that there isn’t enough healthy tendon to reconnect, they may carry out a tendon graft. This involves taking a piece of tendon from another part of the body and placing it in the damaged area.
Your surgeon will use anaesthesia during your tendon correction procedure to prevent you feeling pain during the operation the patient from feeling pain during the surgery.
There are various types of anaesthesia that your surgeon may use. These include:
– local anaesthesia numbs purely the area where the surgery will be carried out to eliminate pain.
– regional anaesthesia numbs the surrounding area and the area where the surgery will be carried out
– general anaesthesia sends you to sleep so that you are unaware of the surgery and are unable to feel any pain.
If you would like to know more about tendon correction procedures, make use of our home doctor service. Our doctors can place home visits and give you all the help and advice you need to prepare for your tendon correction procedure.