Evidence-Based Medicine: Surgical Management of Flexor Tendon Lacerations

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Abstract

Learning Objectives:

After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Accurately diagnose a flexor tendon injury. 2. Develop a surgical approach with regard to timing, tendon repair technique, and rehabilitation protocol. 3. List the potential complications following tendon repair.

Summary:

Flexor tendon lacerations are complex injuries that require a thorough history and physical examination for accurate diagnosis and management. Knowledge of operative approaches and potential concomitant injuries allows the surgeon to be prepared for various findings during exploration. Understanding the biomechanical principles behind tendon lacerations and repair techniques aids the surgeon in selecting the optimal repair technique and postoperative rehabilitation.

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