Question: What Should I Do After Tendon Surgery?

How long does pain last after tendon surgery?

Your activities are very limited for the first 6 weeks due to the brace you must wear full-time.

Your symptoms (pain, swelling, stiffness) will continue to improve as you work with therapy.

Patients usually have good motion at 3 months, and continue to improve for up to 1 year after surgery..

What can I expect after hand tendon surgery?

After surgery, the hand may be bruised and swollen, and you will most likely experience pain as the anesthetic wears off. The repaired tendons are going to be very weak until completely healed which can make recovery a lengthy process. Depending on the location recovery may take anywhere from 1 to 3 months.

Do tendons ever fully heal?

“Once a tendon is injured, it almost never fully recovers. You’re likely more prone to injury forever.”

How can I make tendons heal faster?

Tendons require weeks of additional rest to heal. You may need to make long-term changes in the types of activities you do or how you do them. Apply ice or cold packs as soon as you notice pain and tenderness in your muscles or near a joint. Apply ice 10 to 15 minutes at a time, as often as twice an hour, for 72 hours.

Are you put to sleep for hand surgery?

Regional anesthesia for hand surgery involves an injection in your arm or upper chest area that will numb the nerves going to the arm. You will be comfortably sedated before the injection, and depending on your preference, can be either lightly or heavily sedated for the surgery.

How long does it take to heal after trigger finger surgery?

It will probably take about 6 weeks for your finger to heal completely. After it heals, your finger may move easily without pain. How soon you can return to work depends on your job. If you can do your job without using the hand, you may be able to go back 1 or 2 days after surgery.

How long does it take to heal after tendon surgery?

The repaired tendon will usually be back to full strength after about 12 weeks, but it can take up to 6 months to regain the full range of movement. In some cases, it may never be possible to move the affected finger or thumb as much as before it was damaged.

Is tendon repair surgery painful?

Regional anesthetic: This anesthetic will numb a large area of the body around the affected area. The person will be awake during surgery but will not feel pain. Local anesthetic: This anesthetic numbs only the area that needs surgery. The person will be awake during the procedure but will not feel any pain.

How do you sleep after hand surgery?

Elevate your arm above your heart. The best way to do this comfortably is to lie flat on your back with your hand resting on a few pillows. Elevate your hand for at least three days after surgery.

How long does pain last after hand surgery?

This is usually 10 days after your surgery. How do I cope with pain? Pain is normal after hand surgery. Your pain should start to feel a little better every day.

How long does a tendon surgery take?

A simple flexor tendon repair takes 45-60 minutes, but complex surgery for more severe injuries could take much longer.

What happens if a torn tendon is not repaired?

If left untreated, eventually it can result in other foot and leg problems, such as inflammation and pain in the ligaments in the soles of your foot (plantar faciitis), tendinitis in other parts of your foot, shin splints, pain in your ankles, knees and hips and, in severe cases, arthritis in your foot.