|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
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood and urine tests
- MRI to see images of the affected tendon
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin
- Anti-platelet drugs, such as clopidogrel
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
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- 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.
- You will continue physical therapy once you are home. The physical therapist will work with you on exercises to help you regain motion and strength. This will start the day after surgery.
- If you are wearing a splint, your doctor will let you know how long you should wear it.
- Do not drive until your doctor tells you it is safe.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
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: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/01/2013 -