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Therapy standards after flexor tendon and nerve injuries of the hand: results from a survey of German centres for hand surgery



Therapy standards after flexor tendon and nerve injuries of the hand: results from a survey of German centres for hand surgery



Der Unfallchirurg 113(3): 203-209



There is little evidence for the ideal aftercare of combined nerve and flexor tendon injuries of the hand. The aim of this study was to elicit whether concomitant nerve injuries are changing the individual treatment plans after flexor tendon repair in a survey of German centres for hand surgery. A questionnaire about aftercare of isolated and combined nerve and flexor tendon injuries of the hand was distributed to members of three German Societies of hand, trauma and plastic surgery. Isolated flexor tendon injuries in zones II to IV are treated by early mobilization in all centres, whereas isolated digital nerve repair is usually followed by immobilization (10% no immobilization, 22.5% up to 1 week, 52.5% for 2 weeks and 15% for 3 weeks). The duration of immobilization increases with lesions of the median or ulnar nerves by about 1 week. In 55% of cases concomitant nerve injury does not influence the early onset of dynamic splinting and mobilization after flexor tendon injuries. There seem to be no uniform treatment guidelines for flexor tendon repair if concomitant nerve injury is present. Against the background of the current literature early controlled mobilization after tendon and nerve repair seems to be justified.

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DOI: 10.1007/s00113-009-1692-0


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