Even though flexor tendon injury is common, much remains to be elucidated about the best way to facilitate the intrinsic healing process and to minimise scarring. This chapter will comprise flexor tendon anatomy, types of flexor tendon injury, modes of healing, molecular updates, repair techniques and post-operative rehabilitation.
Part of the book: Essentials of Hand Surgery
The hand functions as both a vital tactile organ and a grasping mechanism that is tempered by finely controlled accuracy. Essential to these functions are the delicate movements of the extrinsic flexor tendons. Repair of the injured flexor tendon in the hand to achieve normal function remains a difficult task, and controversy exists as to what postoperative rehabilitation protocols should be utilised. This chapter will focus on the pathophysiology of repair when flexor tendons are ruptured, the unique anatomy of flexor tendons, the latest molecular updates, repair principles, initial management procedures and the rationale for the various postoperative rehabilitation protocols that are used.
Part of the book: Tendons