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Tendon Repair

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Tendon Repair


This is surgery to repair a damaged or torn tendon.

Repair of Tendons in the Left Shoulder.

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Reasons for Procedure

This surgery is done when a torn tendon causes muscle weakness and loss of function.

Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Scar tissue forming and causing problems with movement
  • Partial loss of function or stiffness in the joint

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

What to Expect

Problems to Look Out For

Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:

  • Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, excessive bleeding, or leaking from the incision
  • Pain that you cannot control with medicine
  • Skin that is cold, discolored, numb, or tingly
  • New or worsening symptoms

If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.





  • Achilles tendon rupture. Foot Health Facts—American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons website. Available at: https://www.foothealthfacts.org/conditions/achilles-tendon-rupture.
  • Achilles tendon rupture. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/achilles-tendon-rupture.
  • Rupture of the biceps tendon. Ortho Info—American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00031.


  • Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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