A severed tendon is a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention. Without this, you could suffer a variety of complications, such as excessive blood loss.
There are a variety of workplace accidents that can result in a severed tendon, such as a power tool accident or a motor vehicle crash.
While not always the case, tendon repair surgery is typically required after this injury. The primary goal of this procedure is to restore normal movement to a joint. Here are the basics of tendon repair surgery:
Anesthesia is used during the surgery to prevent you from feeling any pain. The severity of your injury will dictate the type of anesthesia, with options including:
Since a severed tendon can take several weeks (or longer) to fully heal, it’s important to follow the advice of your medical team to prevent additional injury.
If your doctor suggests taking time away from work, inform your employer and file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This allows you to receive regular payments until your injury heals and you can return to work.