Flexor tendon injuries

Robert Savage

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Flexor tendon injuries

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Restoring continuity to the supple yet high tensile flexor tendon system presents a challenge unique in surgery. Although there is continuing debate about many details of technique, the central tenet of modern flexor tendon surgery is to repair and move the flexor tendons within a few days of injury

Knowledge and experience count for everything at all points of patient care beginning with accurate and timely diagnosis. Emergency services should be arranged to relocate these injuries to appropriately trained surgeons and team-work with specialist hand therapists is an essential part of today’s treatment

While all flexor tendon surgery is complicated, it is simplest in the newly injured and unscarred digit, and the results of the correctly rehabilitated primary repair appear to be the best attainable

However, occasions will arise when secondary surgery will be necessary and the appropriate skills must be learned.

Chapter.  3910 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Sports and Exercise Medicine

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