➢ The treatment of flexor tendon laceration has 3 major phases: initial evaluation with referral to an appropriate surgeon, operative treatment, and postoperative hand therapy.
➢ The initial provider must perform a comprehensive history and physical examination, including evaluations of tendon function, neurological function, and the vascular viability of the injured digit.
➢ Operative repairs of flexor tendon injuries are best done as soon as reasonably possible with use of a variety of acceptable anesthetic options, suture configurations, and postoperative therapy protocols.
➢ It is necessary to have a complete and interactive team—patient, surgeon, and therapist—in order to obtain the best possible outcome following flexor tendon laceration.
Investigation performed at The University of Vermont College of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vermont
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