What is a flexor mass tendon tear?
The flexor mass is a group of muscles and tendons located in the forearm near the elbow. This group of muscles and tendons flex the wrist, hand and fingers. The flexor mass can become strained with overuse; strains can lead to inflammation and tears. This is the group of muscles and tendons associated with golfer’s elbow. A flexor mass tendon tear occurs when the tendon pulls away from the bone at the attachment site on the elbow.
How are medial epicondylitis and flexor mass repairs performed?
These surgical procedures are done using regional anesthesia and are done in the outpatient setting, meaning the surgery does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. During the procedure, Dr. Williams removes the areas of damaged tendon, and cleans out scar tissue. The remaining healthy tendon is reattached to the medial epicondyle of the elbow. The tendon is reattached to the bone using small drill holes or small devices called suture anchors. The tendon is secured using sutures to the original footprint of the tendon.