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When is surgery needed for tendon injuries?

Dr. Fernando J. Manalac, MD
Sports Medicine Specialist

From the 1970s to 2000s, advanced treatment for tendinopathy (diseases of the tendon) was limited to surgery. Surgery is still the only clear fix for complete ruptures of tendons; if a tendon is torn in half, the only way to get perfect function is to reattach those two ends. However, performing surgery on strains (partial tears) that won’t heal (refractory tendinoses) may actually be excessive.

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