What Causes Tendon Lacerations?
A tendon injury occurs from a deep laceration, such as a cut from a knife, sharp tool, or broken glass. It also can occur from a crush injury, burn, tissue tear or deep abrasion. Workers using tools are most likely to lacerate the tendons of the hand. Finger dexterity is completely dependent on normal tendon function since the tendons link muscles controlling hand motion to the bones of the hand and forearm. When a tendon is injured, repair is essential for restoration of finger and hand function. The goal of tendon repair is to restore the integrity and continuity of the damaged tendon and thereby restore as much function as possible. To learn more about tendon laceration treatment, visit Dr. Falcon’s Natrona Heights office, which is located 15 miles from Fox Chapel and 17 miles from Aspinwall.
How are Tendon Lacerations Treated?
Tendon lacerations are usually treated with surgery about two weeks after your initial injury. After receiving emergency care, you can see a hand surgery specialist like Dr. Falcon. Following your surgery, you will have a splint or brace to keep the tendon stabilized as you heal.
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What is Recovery Like After Tendon Repair?
Following your tendon repair surgery, your hand will likely be placed in a sling to keep it elevated and reduce swelling. You can expect swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. Dr. Falcon will likely prescribe after surgery, Dr. Falcon will see you on a weekly basis to evaluate your finger and hand. You will also be referred to an occupational therapist to help restore functionality. You should wear and care for your brace or splint according to Dr. Falcon’s directions throughout the healing process.
Is Tendon Repair Covered by Health Insurance?
Tendon repair is a medically necessary procedure, so your surgery should be covered by health insurance. Before your procedure, it is best to check with your health insurance provider to better understand the specifics of your plan. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask our staff by calling our office.
Schedule an Appointment
If you suffer an injury that causes tendon laceration, you should immediately seek medical attention by visiting an emergency room or urgent care center. Otherwise, you can contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Falcon by calling (724) 226-3900 or completing our online form. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 4 miles from Murraysville and 10 miles from Irwin.
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