The Achilles Suture Bridge is specifically a procedure that repairs Chronic Achilles calcific tendonitis. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon is a common problem for many athletes. Usually it resolves in 4-6 weeks.
However, recurrent over use or injury can cause chronic inflammation to develop, a condition known as Achilles tendonitis. If this persists chronic changes within the tendon develop causing, thickness and swelling of the tendon, which can cause secondary changes such as calcium deposits in the tendon or on the heel bone, weakness, pain and even rupture. When conservative treatment fails, surgery is required to correct these changes.
This is an open procedure to remove bone at the heel (pump bump) and inflamed and degenerated tendon. The Achilles Suture Bridge is specifically a procedure to address this problem.