Orthopedic tendon repairs are surgical procedures performed to treat injuries or tears in tendons, which are tough bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Tendon injuries can occur due to sudden trauma, overuse, or degenerative conditions. Orthopedic surgeons specializing in tendon repairs use various techniques to repair, reconstruct, or reinforce damaged tendons, aiming to restore function and stability to the affected joint.

Common orthopedic tendon repairs that Dr. Hewitt performs include:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Quadriceps tendon repair
  • Biceps tendon repair

In recent years, remarkable advancements in orthopedic surgery have transformed the landscape of tendon repair, offering new hope to athletes and individuals suffering from debilitating tendon injuries. These innovative techniques, coupled with sophisticated rehabilitation protocols, are paving the way for faster recovery times and improved outcomes.

Tendon injuries, ranging from partial tears to complete ruptures, can have significant implications for mobility, function, and athletic performance. Traditionally, tendon repair surgeries were associated with long recovery periods and high rates of re-injury. However, recent breakthroughs in surgical technology and techniques are changing the game.

One of the most promising developments is the widespread adoption of minimally invasive procedures, such as arthroscopic tendon repair. By using small incisions and specialized instruments, surgeons can now access and repair damaged tendons with greater precision and less tissue trauma. This minimizes postoperative pain, reduces the risk of complications, and accelerates the healing process.

Furthermore, advancements in imaging technology, such as MRI and ultrasound, have revolutionized the preoperative planning and intraoperative visualization of tendon repairs. Surgeons can now precisely assess the extent of tendon damage, identify optimal repair techniques, and monitor healing progress in real-time, leading to more tailored and effective treatments.

In addition to surgical innovations, the field of sports medicine is placing greater emphasis on comprehensive rehabilitation strategies to complement tendon repair surgeries. Multidisciplinary teams of physical therapists, athletic trainers, and sports medicine specialists collaborate to design personalized rehabilitation programs tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals. These programs focus on restoring strength, flexibility, and proprioception while minimizing the risk of re-injury.

If you or a friend or family member has recently been diagnosed with a tendon tear, please contact our KCH Specialty Group at 435-644-4115, immediately to see about scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hewitt for an assessment. These injuries need to be assessed and treated quickly to provide you with the best possible outcome.