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Achilles Tendon Repair

What is an Achilles Tendon Repair?

When the Achilles Tendon has completely ruptured (see Achilles Tendon Rupture), surgery is required to stitch the frayed edges back together. There are a number of different surgical prodedures that can be performed, but the most common involves an open cut over the tendon.

You should expect to be in rehabilitation for a number of months after the operation (around three but this will vary). During the early recovery period, your leg will be in a special 'equinus' cast that prevents the tendon re-rupturing. Within two weeks, most people are able to begin using a cam walker boot and eventually careful weight-bearing with crutches.

The usual total rehabilitation is between six weeks to months, but you should expect to need some form of physiotherapy and/or exercises, as well as avoiding your usual high-stress activities for a number of weeks. Running and restarting sports will generally not be possible until around four to six months after the operation (again, this varies between individuals).

The operation for achilles repair is generally very effective and is rarely associated with major complications like massive bleeding. Some people unfortunately do suffer a re-rupture of their tendon, and require further treatment, Most people are very happy with their long-term results and eventually return to their normal exercise program.

 

Diagram of the Foot and Ankle looking from the side. It shows a rupture of the Achilles Tendon
Diagram of the Foot and Ankle. It shows a rupture of the Achilles Tendon

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6 August, 2012