Tenotomy - what is it?

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I'm concerned about the planned adductor tenotomy because we are designed to have tendons that attach bone to muscle so if my tendon is cut away from the bone what after effects will I be left with?
People often worry about this and I think surgeons generally do a poor job of explaining it. In regards to the adductor muscles, there is a large group of them that do the job as you can see here

adductor muscles.JPG


What your surgeon will do is to figure out which muscle fibres are tight which will most likely be only a few fibres in one muscle. He will do this by palpating with his fingertips in the area of your pain, then insert this tiny scalpel - called a tenotome or tenotomy knife - into the skin and just divide the tightest fibres until it's soft and pliable.

tenotome.jpg


And that's it! No leg left swinging freely in the wind!
 

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