More than 200,000 people every year need tendon repair surgery. The tendon cannot regenerate if it is torn, so the typical treatment is surgical repair. The surgery and rehabilitation can return the joint to its normal function. Orthopedists most commonly surgically repair tendons in your ankles, elbows, fingers, knees, and shoulders.
Before the procedure, you will have an extensive diagnostic evaluation to be sure surgery is right for your particular diagnosis, health, and lifestyle.
During the procedure, you will be given anesthetic and the surgeon will make at least one small cut in the skin so they can see the injuries. Any damaged tissue will be removed and your orthopedist will carefully sew the tendon back together. Your doctor may also use a tendon graft to build the tissue back up. When the surgery is complete your doctor will stitch up the skin and a nurse will dress the wound.