What is Achilles Tendon Repair?
Achilles tendon repair is an outpatient surgical procedure that repairs a torn Achilles tendon. The goal of this procedure is to repair the torn tendon as well as provide strength and stability to the ankle.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about 1-1 ½ hours.
During this procedure:
- An incision is made just above the heel and the torn tendon is exposed
- Sutures are used to attach torn tendon ends
The incision is carefully closed and sterilely dressed to avoid infection and ensure proper healing. This is very important because the incision is made over the tendon and proper healing is necessary to regain complete function. The ankle is placed in a comfortable plaster splint with the foot pointed down so the tendon is not stretched. The ankle is immobilized for 4-6 weeks and physical therapy begins so that strength, function
At Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Shane Hollawell is an expert in Achilles tendon repairs. He has helped countless patients return to competitive sports or an active lifestyle after Achilles tendon repair procedures.
What Does an Achilles Tendon Repair Treat?
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone and is very important because it is responsible for the movement that points the foot down. Without the Achilles tendon, it is impossible to push off of the foot and walk, run, and jump. Sports, physical activities, and overuse cause partial and complete Achilles tendon tears.
- An audible pop or snap
- Inability to walk
An Achilles tendon repair is usually recommended to treat complete tears as the tendon has no way of healing on its own.
Patients who sustain an injury are advised to make an appointment as soon as possible.
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