Achilles tendon repair is a vital outpatient surgery that restores strength and stability to a torn Achilles tendon. Performed under general anesthesia, our Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons expertly reattach the torn tendon using sutures. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, and inability to walk. After immobilization and physical therapy, patients can return to competitive sports or an active lifestyle.
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:
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 and flexibility can be restored.
Our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons are experts in Achilles tendon repairs. We have helped countless patients return to competitive sports or an active lifestyle after Achilles tendon repair procedures.
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 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.