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Tendon repair surgery

Surgery for torn tendons

A procedure to help you get back to full fitness after an injury

About tendon repair surgery

Tendon injuries are relatively common and rarely serious, they can be torn, or ruptured. Your consultant may suggest surgery if other types of treatment, such as physiotherapy, haven't worked or if you've torn your tendon badly. Surgery can be carried out on any tendon but it's usually done on shoulders (distal bicep repair), hands, wrists and the foot and ankle (Achilles tendon repair).

Need to know

  • What happens during tendon repair surgery? icon plus

    What happens during your procedure depends on the nature of your tendon injury. Your procedure could be carried out under general anaesthetic, or you might have a local anaesthetic just to numb the area. Your surgeon will discuss this with you beforehand.

    Your surgeon will cut into your skin and stitch the ends of the torn tendon together before closing the area with stitches. Wherever possible, your surgeon will use a minimally invasive keyhole technique. If your injury is serious, they may take a piece of tendon from another part of your body and graft it on to the injured one.
  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know how to prepare for your procedure. If you're having general anaesthetic, they'll tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.
  • After surgery icon plus

    It's important to rest your tendon after your procedure. You may have to wear a sling or bandage for a while. To help you build up your strength, your consultant might recommend a course of physiotherapy to help you build up your strength again. They'll also let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our orthopaedic surgeons

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic consultants, we work with specialists across a range of medical fields, such as physiotherapy. 
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Our locations

From complex orthopaedic surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7483 5348

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7034 6602

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • London-bridge-31-old-broad-street

    31 Old Broad Street

    31 Old Broad Street

    London

    EC2N 1HT

    Call 020 7496 3522

Request an orthopaedic appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with an experienced orthopaedic or sports medicine consultant. We can also arrange imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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