Rediscover your hand and wrist strength with Repair of Hand and Wrist Ligaments and Tendons. This outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia, mends torn ligaments and tendons caused by accidents, injuries, or osteoarthritis. A tiny incision, sutures, and a custom-made splint ensure optimal healing while preventing tightness and scar tissue.
Ligaments attach bones to bones and tendons attach muscles to bones. The wrist and hand are made up of many bones and thus have many ligaments and tendons that provide stability and facilitate movement. A partially or completely torn ligament or tendon may require surgical intervention. A ligament or tendon repair is an outpatient procedure that is usually performed under general anesthesia.
First, a tiny incision is made near the torn ligament or tendon
Next, sutures are used to attach torn tendon ends or suture anchors are used to attach the ligament to the bone
Last, the incision is carefully closed and the patient is placed in a comfortable custom-made splint
The splint holds the wrist and hand in a position that gently stretches the tendon or ligament to prevent tightness and scar tissue.
Hand therapy after surgery is a very important part of recovery. The patient and hand therapist perform stretching and strengthening exercises together to regain complete wrist and hand function.
An accident or injury, such as a fall onto an outstretched hand or direct blow to the hand or wrist may cause a hand or wrist ligament tear. Osteoarthritis can also make patients more susceptible to a tear. Hand or wrist ligament tears may cause any of the following symptoms:
Patients who injure their wrist and experience symptoms are encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible.