How is distal triceps repair done?
Dr. Mazzara can repair the torn tendon with an open surgery. The treatment involves an incision behind the elbow where Dr. Mazzara will drill holes into the end of the ulna (one of the bones of the forearm.) The ends of the torn tendons are then inserted through the holes and stitched in place. Screws, pins or a soft anchor may be used to secure the torn tendon to the bone. For older tendon injuries or in cases where the distal triceps tendon has been repeatedly damaged, a tendon may be used from another part of the body, or a tendon graft from a donor may be required to lengthen or reinforce the repair.
How long is the recovery after distal triceps tendon repair?
The tendon will need to heal and reattach completely to the bone in order for there to be painless extension and flexion of the triceps muscle. After surgery, patients are placed in a cast or brace to immobilize the elbow. At the first post-operative visit with Dr. Mazzara, healing of the tendon will be evaluated. Sutures are removed, a specially fitted hinged elbow brace is applied, and if necessary and simple exercises will be advised to avoid stiffness. After 6-8 weeks, physical therapy will begin to strengthen the muscles and to regain complete range of motion. Full recovery can be expected in about 12 weeks.
For more information on triceps tendon repair with either arthroscopic or open surgery, please contact the offices of Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic elbow surgeon, treating patients in Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.