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How does a surgeon make an incision to repair the Achilles tendon if a distended superficial vein extends over the center of the tendon?
Ligate the vein: A superficial vein can easily either be avoided of ligated (tied off). ...Read more
6-8 weeks: Tendons are slow to heal and subject to rupture due to their tenuous blood supply. However it is felt that early protected movement is necessary to minimize adhesions and loss of function. It is essential to maintain close follow up with your surgeon and therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on a lot: This depends greatly on which tendon, degree of tear, and functional goals of the patient. At best, some tears can be managed with pain control and rest, similar to a muscle strain; complete tears or tears in muscles bearing high loads may require surgery. Often physical therapy will be a component of the plan, as will antiinflammatories and rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Told " it is easy to lengthen a tendon, done successfully all the time, but it is much more difficult to shorten a tendon that has lengthened." Why?
Severed tendon: If the tendon is in good contact with the opposite side of the severed are, it may heal within 3-4 weeks. However, the tendon, if completely severed should be evaluated and brought together surgically. It would still take 3-4 weeks to unite before early range of motion and PT is started ...Read more
Connect muscle-bone : Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made up of adjacent bones. ...Read more
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