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Triceps Tendon Repair

Introduction

Often, surgery is necessary when a triceps tendon is damaged. The tendons are connected to bone and it works with the muscles for your body to move the fingers, toes, arms, and legs. They also connect to the shoulder and elbow. When such a tendon becomes detached from the bone, it is considered to be reputed. This can be the result of lifting weights, falling, or an accident that causes pressure in those areas.

The surgical procedure can be used for a partial or complete triceps tendon repair. The best results will occur when the repairs are completed within a month of the injury. Therefore, you shouldn’t put off seeing our doctor to discover the underlying reason for your pain and discomfort. The sooner the surgery is conducted, the better success rate it offers to get your body back to full functioning.

Indications

Triceps repair is indicated for partial or complete rupture of the triceps tendons after trauma or injury. It is also indicated for repairing acute (injuries occurring within four weeks) or chronic (injuries occurring after four weeks) triceps tendon injuries. Distal triceps tendon rupture occurs due to detachment of the triceps tendon connecting the triceps muscles to the elbow. These injuries require immediate medical attention and surgical repair to restore the activity of the triceps muscles.

Pre-procedural Preparation

Your surgeon may order blood tests and other essential tests a few days before the surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be suggested to examine parts of your arm, muscles and blood vessels. X-rays of your shoulder, elbow and arms may be ordered. Your blood pressure, breathing rate, temperature and heart rate will also be recorded. Your shoulder, arm, forearm, and elbow will be cleaned with soap and water and will be covered with sheets before the procedure.

Surgical Procedure

Medications through an intravenous line will be administered to help you relax. The procedure will be performed under general or regional anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the surgery.

Your surgeon will make an incision behind the elbow and drill holes into the end of the ulna (bone in the forearm). The ends of the torn tendons will then be inserted through the holes and stitched. Your surgeon may also use screws and buttons to attach the tendon to the bone. For chronic tendon injuries, a tendon or a hard tissue from another part of the body may be used to lengthen the existing short tendon. After the tendon is attached to the bone, it is sutured and the incisions are closed with surgical tapes or bandages.

Post-operative Care

A splint will be put on the elbow to restrict movement after the surgery. This allows the tendons the chance to heal properly. You will start physical therapy about six weeks after the procedure in order to help make the tendons stronger and to help with your range of movement. Contact your doctor if you have a fever >101⁰ or swelling, redness, or drainage from the incision.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, triceps repair involves certain potential risks and complications. They include:

  • Bleeding and infection at the surgical site
  • Damage to the other parts of the arm, such as muscles, bones, nerves or blood vessels
  • Restricted movement of the arm
  • Difficulty in resuming usual activities or sports

Proudly serving patients across New Jersey and Bergen County from our office in Hackensack. Whether you are in Jersey City, Rutherford, Garfield, Lodi, Ridgewood, Nutley, or Englewood, NJ, we look forward to addressing your questions and providing you with the treatment you need.

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