Flexor tendon repair surgery

What does it involve?

Surgery involves stitching the ends of the divided tendon back together. It is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and may involve an overnight stay in hospital.

How long does it take to recover?

Regaining strength in the tendon can take up to three months, during which time you will be given a splint to support the hand for at least the first few weeks. You may also be given exercises to help the tendons to heal.

Most people are able to return to less strenuous activities after six to eight weeks and to more demanding sports and activities after around three months, but your specialist will be able to advise you about this.

Although flexor tendon repair surgery can be very successful, not everyone regains full finger movement.