|Repair of Tendons in the Left Shoulder|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Formation of scar tissue that interferes with normal tendon movement
- Partial loss of function or stiffness in the involved joint
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Blood test
- Urine test
- MRI scan
Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may need to stop taking some medications 7 days prior to your procedure. These may include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners
- Anti-platelet drugs
- Arrange for a ride home from the care center.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- General anesthesia—you will be asleep during the procedure
- Regional anesthesia—to numb specific region of the body
- Local anesthesia—to numb the surgical site
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Follow your doctor's instructions on cleaning the incision site.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Your doctor or physical therapist will recommend exercises or rehabilitation program.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
- If you have a cast, do not get it wet. When you are cleared by your doctor, cover the cast with plastic when you bathe. If you have a fiberglass cast and it gets wet, you may dry it with a hair dryer.
- Bathe or shower as usual after the splint or cast is removed.
Call Your Doctor
- 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
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.aossm.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Rheumatology Association http://www.rheum.ca
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Achilles tendon rupture. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated March 18, 2013. Accessed April 22, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/01/2013 -
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