Tendon Repair

This is surgery to repair a damaged or torn tendon.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Your cast or splint becomes wet, dirty, or broken
    • Skin below the cast becomes cold, discolored, numb, or tingly
    • New or worsening symptoms

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    This is surgery to repair a damaged or torn tendon.

    Repair of Tendons in the Left Shoulder
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    A tendon attaches muscle to bone. If a tendon tears, the muscle will no longer be able to work properly. This will cause weakness or loss of function. Reattaching the tendon can fix the weakness or function.

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems like:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Formation of scar tissue that interferes with normal tendon movement
    • Partial loss of function or stiffness in the involved joint

    If your age is 60 years or older, it may increase risk of complications. Other factors include:

    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Poor overall health
    • Use of certain medications