How long is recovery after tendon surgery?

How long is recovery after tendon surgery?

Healing can take up to 12 weeks. The injured tendon may need to be supported with a splint or cast to take tension off of the repaired tendon. Physical therapy or occupational therapy is usually necessary to return movement in a safe manner. Expect movement to return gradually, with some stiffness.

How painful is flexor tendon surgery?

After surgery, the hand may be brusied and swollen, and you will most likely experience pain as the anaesthetic wears off. The repaired tendons are going to be very weak until completely healed which can make recovery a lengthy process. Depending on the location recovery may take anywhere from 1 to 3 months.

How long after tendon surgery can I work?

resume medium activities, such as light lifting or shelf stacking, after 8 to 10 weeks. resume heavy activities, such as heavy lifting or building work, after 10 to 12 weeks. resume sporting activities after 10 to 12 weeks.

How long does flexor tendon surgery take?

A simple flexor tendon repair takes 45 to 60 minutes, but complex surgery for more severe injuries could take much longer. Read more about recovering from hand tendon repair and the complications of hand tendon repair.

How can I speed up tendon healing after surgery?

A typical plan might include:

  1. Stretching and flexibility exercises to help the tendon heal completely and avoid long-term pain.
  2. Strengthening exercises to help you rebuild tendon strength and avoid future injuries.
  3. Ultrasound heat therapy to improve blood circulation, which may aid the healing process.

What can you not do after flexor tendon surgery?


  • The most important concern about flexor tendon repair is avoiding use of the injured hand for any type of gripping.
  • At your first therapy visit, some of your wound dressings may be removed.
  • Do not use your hand for any activity for six weeks after the surgery.

How long does the pain last after flexor tendon surgery?

If you have uncomfortable side effects from the pain medication, please call us at 425-462-9800. Please see “medications after surgery” information form for more instructions. It is normal to have some pain off and on for approximately one year after surgery, particularly in cold weather.

What foods are good for tendon repair?

Foods like broccoli, peppers, citrus, berries and tomatoes contain vitamin C, which helps in the production of collagen—the main protein in tendon tissue. Tendons and ligaments also have a lot of calcium, so replenishing that mineral can help make tendons stronger.