Repair of Fractures, Tendons, Nerves

Fracture, tendon or nerve surgery is performed to repair a complicated injury that cannot be fixed through other methods. A tendon is a flexible but tough band that connects the muscle to the bone. A bundle of fibers, nerves send signals between the brain and other parts of the body. If the nerve has been injured, each nerve should be tested individually with extension movements of the elbow, wrist and fingers. If the bone or tendon is fractured or torn, surgery is performed when nonsurgical methods cannot realign or reduce the injury.

What to Expect

Using general or local anesthesia, the patient will be pain-free during the procedure. When fixing a bone fracture, the doctor will surgically cut and place the bone in the proper position. When repairing a tendon, the doctor will make an incision and reconnect the damaged tendon. Depending on the severity of the nerve, fracture or tendon injury, skin or nerve grafting may be necessary to repair the ends of the damaged nerve and restore sensation. Recovery time will vary depending on the area and severity of the injury.

How to Prepare

Pre procedure use of medication should be discussed with your primary care physician prior to your scheduled procedure date. Patients may be asked to refrain from taking aspirin for a week or more before the procedure, as well as to fast for eight to 12 hours before the surgery. The doctor will advise the patient of any medications prohibited prior to the surgery. Make sure that your home is organized safely to avoid injury after the surgery.