The Tendon Is Broken?
, 3 weeks ago I had an accident which resulted in the tendon of my two finger tendons being cut off and the veins had been reattached, the question is 1. is it natural that my two fingers that were cut are still swollen and numb but if the movement can move. 2. How long does the healing take. 3. Will my hands and fingers return to normal. Thank you
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Tendons are connective tissue whose bleeding system is not very good. Therefore, the healing time after a tendon break tends to be longer than that of a muscle or skin with a good bleeding system. Post surgery for tendon grafting, the doctor will attach a splint (a solid material used to support the hands and fingers after surgery so they don't move much). You must use this splint according to the instructions of your doctor and you also should not move your fingers much before your doctor allows it. Failure to wear a splint or not follow postoperative instructions properly can cause the tendon to break back or to prolong the healing period.
The length of healing for tendon ruptures can vary, depending on the severity of the tendon damage that has occurred, the presence or absence of complications after surgery, and your compliance with postoperative care. In general, healing takes 2 months, but you should still use your hands carefully and with a limit to at least 1 month afterward. Sometimes the splint has to stay in place for about 3 months of the healing period.
Whether your hands and fingers can return to normal or not, of course, depend on the severity of the damage to your tendons. If the tendon is severely damaged (irregularly cut or crushed), it is usually necessary to cut the tendon before it is connected, so that the tendon will become shorter. This can cause movement to be more limited than before. After breaking the tendon you may also feel your hands and fingers stiffen. This can generally be corrected by routine physiotherapy. You can request a referral from your surgeon to a physiotherapist or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (SpKFR) for physiotherapy on your hand.
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