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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 injuries are relatively common and rarely serious. Your consultant may suggest surgery if other types of treatment 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, hands, wrists and the Achilles tendon.

Need to know

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    What happens during your procedure depends on the nature of your tendon injury. Your procedure could be carried out under general anaesthetic so you'll be asleep, or you might have a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Your consultant 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.
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    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.
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    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.

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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.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

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

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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