A tenotomy is a treatment to relieve pain in a tendon. It might be described as dividing a tendon. Your medical professional might use a needle to pierce your skin and prick your injured tendon. Through tiny skin incisions (cuts), they might even surgically remove a portion of the tendon.
Although tenotomy can be used to treat tendon problems throughout the body, it is most frequently utilized on the tendons that attach your biceps muscle to your scapula, your elbow tendons, and your foot and ankle tendons.
Tenotomy is used to address ailments that affect your body’s tendons all over. The most typical problems include:
A few risks of tenotomy include:
Usually, your doctor will attempt alternative options before suggesting tenotomy. Typically, they will initially recommend other, non-surgical procedures, such as:
Your doctor could advise tenotomy if you’ve tried some or all of these other therapies but are still in pain or discomfort.
Two tenotomy procedures are used to treat problems with your tendons: percutaneous needle tenotomy and open tenotomy.
Depending on which tendon is injured and what caused the damage, a different kind may be required.
Putting something through your skin is referred to in medicine as percutaneous. A needle is inserted by your doctor into your tendon during percutaneous needle tenotomy. For the area surrounding your injured tendon, a local anesthetic will be administered. They will then either make holes in your tendon or cut away any damaged sections. During the procedure, your doctor may guide the needle with an ultrasound.
By causing inflammation surrounding the tendon, percutaneous needle tenotomy aids your body’s natural healing process. The area receives more blood than usual from your body, which encourages your tendon’s natural capacity to regenerate and heal.
Performing an open tenotomy requires surgery. Your surgeon will either provide local anesthesia to the area surrounding your tendon or a general anesthetic in order to put you to sleep. After exposing your tendon by cutting through your skin, they will proceed to cut it. Your tendon can be surgically released to reduce pain. It may cause the tendon to regenerate longer and less constrictively than it did initially.
You should try to limit the use of the tendon or other area of your body that had surgery after a tenotomy. The type of tenotomy you required and the location of the injured tendon in your body will determine how long it takes for you to heal. You’ll learn what to anticipate from your doctor or surgeon.
Most people must wait a few months before starting vigorous exercise or sports again. Before beginning physical exercise again, see your doctor or surgeon.
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