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Tendon injuries can be severely disabling to patients, often requiring an operation with long rehabilitation times and high healthcare costs.

Tendon injuries are a significant healthcare challenge. They can be severely disabling to patients, with significant rehabilitation time and high healthcare costs. The most common types of tendon injuries requiring surgical repair are: Flexor (hand), Achilles (foot) and Rotator cuff (shoulder) tendon, respectively requiring ~18,000; 62,000 and 9,000 surgeries/year in the UK alone, with similar incidences globally.

Up to 25% of tendon operations do not achieve satisfactory results due to the formation of scar tissue that works less well than the original tendon. Between 5 – 20% of the repaired tendons (dependent on which tendon was broken) can break again requiring another operation.