Tendon Repair is an open surgical procedure in which the fibrous connective tissue that attaches muscles to bones is sutured together after lacerating or tearing injuries has compromised joint movement. Both the flexor tendons which bend the fingers and the extensor tendons which straighten the fingers may require repair anywhere from the finger to the forearm.
In the event of severe injury, a piece of tendon taken from another part of the body by a hand surgeon and is grafted to repair the damaged tendon. Sometimes a Silastic artificial tendon is used temporarily to reconstruct the sheath, or tube, within which the tendon glides inside the finger.
Post-operative care includes temporary immobilization with a splint and occupational therapy.