Achilles Tendon Repair
What is Achilles tendon repair?
Achilles tendon repair is a surgery that repairs the Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the body. Tendons connect muscles to bones, so when the muscle contracts, the tendon moves the bone.
What is it for?
The Achilles tendon must be functioning for a person to walk. Achilles tendon repair may be needed to restore motion and reduce pain.
Am I a candidate?
After a full medical history, physical exam and certain tests, you and your physician will discuss if you are a candidate for surgery. Some health conditions or medications may prevent you from having this type of surgery.
What does Achilles tendon repair involve?
In many cases, this repair can be done through arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure using a tiny camera and small instruments that can operate without large incisions. Usually the repair simply involves stitching the ends of the damaged tendon together.
Achilles tendon repair typically occurs in an outpatient setting, which means there is no overnight hospital stay.
What is recovery like?
Healing may take six to 12 weeks. Depending on the type of injury and its location, physician may prescribe some gentle movement exercises, and/or some bracing to guide or limit movement. Patients may also need physical therapy to restore as much functionality as possible.