Surgery for Achilles Tendon Rupture
WHAT IS A ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE?
There are two types of surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon: Open Surgery & Percutaneous Surgery.
In open surgery, the surgeon makes a single large incision in the back of the leg.
In percutaneous surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions rather than one large incision.
In both types of surgery, the surgeon sews the tendon back together through the incision(s). Surgery may be delayed for about a week after the rupture to let the swelling go down.
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How long is the recuperation period following surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture?
Depending on the severity of the damage and the type of surgery performed, recovery time can vary. After surgery, patients must typically wear a cast or walking boot for many weeks, and physical therapy will be required to regain ankle strength and flexibility. Many months may pass before patients can resume their normal activities.
Can a rupture of the Achilles tendon be prevented?
Although it may not be possible to avoid all Achilles tendon ruptures, individuals can try to lessen their risk. This involves stretching and strengthening exercises and avoiding activities that exert undue stress on the tendon.
What is the success rate of surgery for repairing a ruptured Achilles tendon?
Depending on the severity of the injury and the patient’s general health, the surgical success rate for an Achilles tendon rupture can vary. After surgery, however, most patients can regain strength and movement in the damaged leg. When a competent surgeon performs the procedure, and appropriate postoperative care is administered, the risk of re-rupture or complications is relatively low.