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Doctor insights on: How Long Does It Take Hand Tendons To Heal After Surgery To Repair Severed Tendons

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Tendon (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is pain and swelling more than a month after cutting through a tendon in my hand normal? I got hurt at work and as a result a tendon in my hand was severed. A doctor initially told me I would need surgery to repair the tendon but when he discovered it wa

Is pain and swelling more than a month after cutting through a tendon in my hand normal? I got hurt at work and as a result a tendon in my hand was severed. A doctor initially told me I would need surgery to repair the tendon but when he discovered it wa

OT: Stiffness, pain and swelling in the hand can be normal in this setting whether or not surgery was performed. Give it at least six weeks for the tissues to regain their tensile and compressive strength and seek the instruction of an occupational therapist. Second opinions are golden. ...Read more

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I had surgery for a broken wrist and torn ligaments or tendons about 6 wks ago. I can't turn a door knob. How long will it take to get better?

I had surgery for a broken wrist and torn ligaments or tendons about 6 wks ago. I can't turn a door knob. How long will it take to get better?

Varies: It varies quite a bit. Typically would at best be in the 8-12 week range. Make sure you follow up and follow the instructions of your surgeon, it would seem a little early to be doing things like turning a door knob at this point. Make sure you are being compliant. Your surgeon will be able to tell you more about your specific case. ...Read more

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Cut through my tendons in my hand. I had surgery, but need one more, physio isn't going to help anymore they said, can I ask to proceed without physio?

Cut through my tendons in my hand. I had surgery, but need one more, physio isn't going to help anymore they said, can I ask to proceed without physio?

Tendon surgery: Is often successful but therapy is equally or more important than surgery as a healing tendon lays down scar and one want the scar to form on the tendon but not to the surrounding tissues making adhesion and stiffness. Additional surgery can be needed for adhesions but it is important to keep passive motion, so often it is best not to abandon therapy, ask your surgeon for more info ...Read more

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Tendon in pinky by knuckles severed in a fall yrs ago. Mb b/c it dislocated. Doc said surgery not recom b/c hand won't fist. Now just hangs. Advice?

Tendon in pinky by knuckles severed in a fall yrs ago. Mb b/c it dislocated. Doc said surgery not recom b/c hand won't fist. Now just hangs. Advice?

Don't understand: Difficult to ascertain your question. Avoid abbreviations if possible... Is your pinky extensor (back of hand) 'slipping' off your knuckle when you grip? If so, see an orthopedic surgeon or hand surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I cut my thumb open a couple weeks ago and had surgery to fix a tendon. How would I know if it ruptured?

I cut my thumb open a couple weeks ago and had surgery to fix a tendon. How would I know if it ruptured?

Function: Whichever movement was facilitated by the presence of that tendon would be lost and you would no longer have that movement. It would also be likely to be very painful. ...Read more

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My tendons and nerves of right thumb are diagnosed to be cut in an accident? How successful are hand surgeries in restoring the dexterity?

My tendons and nerves of right thumb are diagnosed to be cut in an accident? How successful are hand surgeries in restoring the dexterity?

Excellent: Anticipate approximately 80-90 % return of sensation with successful nerve repair. Tendon repair without complication of adhesion or rupture should return full range of motion. This translates into successful return of dexterity. See a well qualified, board certified hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Would I be able to move my fingers if a tendon in my wrist was cut? My middle and ring finger have very limited range. Is surgery needed?

Would I be able to move my fingers if a tendon in my wrist was cut? My middle and ring finger have very limited range. Is surgery needed?

Depends: Remember you have multiple tendons attached to your finger (s). So if one tendon is completely severed you will likely loss some motion but unlikely all motion. It's uncommon to severe a finger tendon without an obvious significant trauma, it's more likely that the tendon isn't able to slide appropriately along it's track, like in trigger finger. Seek the help of an orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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I severed the tendon in my pinky a month ago. I have to have surgery but canr right now of financial situation. But the tip my pointer finger is numb?

I severed the tendon in my pinky a month ago. I have to have surgery but canr right now of financial situation. But the tip my pointer finger is numb?

Tendon injury: The compartment in your finger are very small. Along the lateral aspects run the nerve bundle that supply sensation to the finger tip. Any injury/irritation to the nerve bundle, swelling can result in the symptoms you are experiencing. The ultimate treatment is surgery to fix the tendon and the nerve if it was damaged along with the tendon. ...Read more

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ER Dr said a tendon was cut from wrist laceration. I can wiggle all fingers but two are numb with limited ability to move. Well I need surgery?

ER Dr said a tendon was cut from wrist laceration. I can wiggle all fingers but two are numb with limited ability to move. Well I need surgery?

Possibly.: You should see a hand specialist to be fully evaluated. Depending on your movement problems and location of the lacerations they may be able to reattach some of the tendons to improve your movement. The numbness suggests nerve damage from swelling or possible cutting from the same injury, there is unlikely much that can be done about this beyond getting the wound cleaned out and infection free. ...Read more

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How long does a slightly cut tendon on the hand take to heal?

How long does a slightly cut tendon on the hand take to heal?

How slight?: A very small injury ca heal quickly with prompt range of motion exercises instituted immediately with some lifting restrictions. When more of the tendon is injured, concerns for rupture arise nd will prompt more restricted limitations. ...Read more

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What's tendon hand surgery necessary for?

What's tendon hand surgery necessary for?

Restore function: If you cut or rupture a tendon you will lose the ability to either extend or flex a joint. Repair is necessary to restore the function. In the hand, each tendon has a specific function.
More information is needed for a precise explanation. ...Read more

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Is tendon transfer surgery only for hands? Can a tendon transfer be performed on feet as well or is it just a treatment that can currently be performed on hands? .

Is tendon transfer surgery only for hands? Can a tendon transfer be performed on feet as well or is it just a treatment that can currently be performed on hands? .

Tendon: Tendon transfers are well described for treating muscular imbalances in the foot and ankle. They are not only for the hands and upper extremities. An orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon can evaluate you and determine whether the condition you have is appropriate for such a procedure. ...Read more

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Can surgery to remove a ganglion on my hand (extensor) damage your tendon sheath?

Can surgery to remove a ganglion on my hand (extensor) damage your tendon sheath?

Yes and no: Often the tendon sheath need to be opened slightly, especially for the small gangglions TAH appear in the dorsal part of the rwrist near the radiocarpal joint near the distal edge or the extensor retinaculum, in fact if the tendon sheatht or retinaculum os not opened there the ganglion can be missed....And typically it is not repaired. So yes it is "damaged" but not in the sense of the word. ...Read more

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I'm having a tendon transfer surgery on my hand I was wondering if I was going to be able to do skilled movement with like playing the keyboard?

I'm having a tendon transfer surgery on my hand I was wondering if I was going to be able to do skilled movement with like playing the keyboard?

That depends: Depending on your personal medical history (for example your 'dead brain cells affecting your left side') and extent of tendon disease requiring the surgery etc, as well as the success of the surgery and your rehab/p.T. Outcome post surgically, will all determine your best chances of a positive outcome. Be sure to discuss with your surgeon who knows you and the case best. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for minor hand surgery? Removal of fibroid on tendon sheath

How can I prepare for minor hand surgery? Removal of fibroid on tendon sheath

Not much to do: This is a relatively minor surgery if free of complications. I wouldn't really recommend that you do anything particular to prepare. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for minor hand surgery, removal of fibroma on tendon sheath o of thumb?

How can I prepare for minor hand surgery, removal of fibroma on tendon sheath o of thumb?

Pre-op: Stopping blood thinners a week before surgery & using a hibicleans scrub the night before surgery helps minimize bleeding and infection during your procedure. ...Read more

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Hand injury I was recently in a accident where my hand and wrist were cut open severing the tendons muscles and legaments away from the bone of my thumb. And now I have little use of my hand. How long does an injury like this take to heal and how much of

This: This sounds like a very serious injury. If you are unable to use your hand or move your finger that may mean that the ligaments or tendons were severely damaged, this may not heal on it's own. Please see your surgeon immediately. ...Read more