Advances in the healing of flexor tendon injuries

Douglas M. Sammer, Kevin C. Chung

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Abstract

The intrasynovial flexor tendons of the hand are critical for normal hand function. Injury to these tendons can result in absent finger flexion, and a subsequent loss of overall hand function. The surgical techniques used to repair these tendons have improved in the past few decades, as have the postoperative rehabilitation protocols. In spite of these advances, intrasynovial flexor tendon repairs continue to be plagued by postoperative scar formation, which limits tendon gliding and prevents a full functional recovery. This paper describes the current challenges of flexor tendon repair, and evaluates the most recent advances and strategies for achieving an excellent functional outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalWound repair and regeneration : official publication of the Wound Healing Society [and] the European Tissue Repair Society
Volume22
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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