|Tendons in Finger|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Damage to nerves or other nearby structures
- Inability to have full movement of the affected body part
- Pain and stiffness
- Ruptured tendon
- Excessive alcohol use
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood and urine tests
- MRI to see images of the affected tendon
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen
- Blood thinners
- Anti-platelet medications
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Pain medication
- Antibiotics to prevent infection
- Medication to prevent blood clots
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Your stitches will be removed about 2 weeks after surgery. You will be able to return to light activities once your stitches are removed. Avoid strenuous activities for at least four weeks.
- Do not lift anything heavy until your doctor says it is okay to do so.
Call Your Doctor
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Signs of infection, such as fever or chills
- Swelling, redness, or pain from the incision site
- Numbness or tingling
- New or worsening symptoms
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
American Society for Surgery of the Hand http://assh.org
The Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/26/2014 -
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