Tendon Repair Surgery

Surgery for torn tendons

A procedure to help you get back to full fitness after an injury

About tendon repair surgery

Tendon injuries are relatively common and rarely serious, they can be torn, or ruptured.

Your consultant may suggest surgery if other types of treatment, such as physiotherapy, haven't worked or if you've torn your tendon badly.

Surgery can be carried out on any tendon but it's usually done on shoulders (distal bicep repair), hands, wrists and the foot and ankle (Achilles tendon repair).

Need to know

  • What happens during tendon repair surgery? icon plus

    What happens during your procedure depends on the nature of your tendon injury. Your procedure could be carried out under general anaesthetic, or you might have a local anaesthetic just to numb the area. Your surgeon will discuss this with you beforehand.

    Your surgeon will cut into your skin and stitch the ends of the torn tendon together before closing the area with stitches. Wherever possible, your surgeon will use a minimally invasive keyhole technique. If your injury is serious, they may take a piece of tendon from another part of your body and graft it on to the injured one.
  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know how to prepare for your procedure. If you're having general anaesthetic, they'll tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.
  • After surgery icon plus

    It's important to rest your tendon after your procedure. You may have to wear a sling or bandage for a while. To help you build up your strength, your consultant might recommend a course of physiotherapy to help you build up your strength again. They'll also let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our orthopaedic surgeons

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic consultants, we work with specialists across a range of medical fields, such as physiotherapy. 

Our locations

From complex joint surgery to diagnostic tests, scans and minor procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an orthopaedic appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with an experienced orthopaedic or sports medicine consultant. We can also arrange imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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