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Tendon Repair Surgery: Flexor Extensor

A deep cut on the side of your fingers, hand, wrist, or lower arm can injure your flexor extensor tendon, which are the tissues that help control movement in your hand. A flexor extensor tendon damage can make it difficult to twist your fingers or thumb.

What Causes Flexor Extensor Tendon Tear?

In addition to cuts on the arm, hand, or fingers, certain games exercises can cause flexor tendon wounds. These wounds regularly happen in football, wrestling, and rugby. Jersey finger can occur when one player snatches another's pullover, and a finger (as a rule the ring finger) gets captured and pulled. The tendon is pulled off the bone. In sports that require a great deal of arm and hand movement, tendons, as well as their sheaths, can likewise be extended or torn.

Certain health conditions (rheumatoid arthritis) debilitate the flexor tendons and make them more prone to tear. This may occur all of a sudden.

What are the Indications of Flexor Extensor Tendon Laceration?

Symptoms of flexor or extensor tendon laceration are easy to identify because it causes sudden immobility of a finger. The following are common signs:

 

  • Open damage on the hand, for example, a cut.
  • Inability to independently twist or straighten a joint or finger
  • Pain when bending finger
  • Numbness of a finger can suggest a combined ligament and nerve damage

Who is a Candidate for Tendon Repair Surgery?

Flexor tendon and extensor tendon cut can happen to anyone who has suffered damage to the hand, wrist or arm. Deep cuts to the hand are most basic causes. A few conditions, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, can debilitate the tendons, thus making them more susceptible to spontaneous rupture. People who are active in high endurance sports are likewise at higher risk for flexor tendon damage.

How is the Tendon Repair Surgery Conducted?

Tendon repair surgery is the last resort. Non-invasive methods are used to relieve the pain.

  • Non-surgical Treatment Options:
    • Wearing a splint.
    • Applying ice to the affected area.
    • Anti-inflammatory and pain reducing drugs like ibuprofen are used.

    The vast majority of tendon tears are surgical injuries which require surgical intervention to repair the damaged tendon(s). Splints, ice, and anti-inflammatories are useful pre-operatively for comfort and soft tissue healing, but except for partial lacerations these are not definitive treatments.

  • Invasive Tendon Repair Surgery:

    Flexor ligament repair is usually performed under a local or general soporific.

    A tourniquet will be connected to your upper arm to stop the blood circulation and to make it less demanding to perform the task safely. A tourniquet is a kind of sleeve that is utilised to constrict the blood supply.

    The specialist extends the injury (or make an incision if there is no wound) to find the harmed tendons. A forceps is used to bring the two closures of the damaged tendon together. The tendons are then sewed back together, and the injury in hand is closed. A brace is connected to secure the recently repaired ligaments.

    A simple flexor tendon repair takes 45 minutes to an hour. Complicated medical procedure for more extreme wounds could take any longer.

What are the Risks of Tendon Repair Surgery?

Risks associated with tendon repair include:

  • Scar tissue may form and prevent the joints from moving smoothly
  • Some loss of joint function
  • The stiffness of the joint
  • Re-tearing of the tendon

Risks for anaesthesia include reaction to medication such as difficulty in breathing, rash, or itching. Risks for surgery, in general, include bleeding and infection.

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