A podiatrist may recommend Achilles tendon surgery if non-surgical methods of treatment are not enough to repair the damaged or torn Achilles tendon. Most patients are unfamiliar with Achilles tendon repair surgery when it is recommended by a podiatrist, and this review provides a general overview of what patients can expect if they select this method of treatment.
Podiatrists often receive questions about what Achilles tendon repair surgery is exactly, who it is for, how the procedure works, and whether or not it is safe. The following are answers to these frequently asked questions and more about Achilles tendon repair.
Achilles tendon repair surgery is designed to repair a damaged or ruptured Achilles tendon. The Achilles is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the calf and heel muscles together.
Perhaps the most common reason Achilles tendon repair surgery is performed is to repair a torn tendon. This is more common in athletes and those who are physically active. Achilles repair surgery may also be a treatment option for tendinopathy as well. It may not be right for individuals with neuropathy in the legs or conditions such as diabetes.
During the procedure, an incision is made to access the damaged Achilles tendon. Depending on the severity of the damage, the tendon is either stitched back together or removed and replaced with a tendon from another part of the body. The procedure is generally a minimally invasive process with few risks.
As is the case with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with Achilles tendon repair surgery. The primary risks include:
There may be additional risks involved depending on the type of anesthesia that is used and any underlying health conditions the person has. Be sure to discuss the risks with the podiatrist before Achilles tendon repair surgery.
There are not many special preparation instructions for this treatment. Patients are asked not to eat the night before or in the hours before the procedure. Patients should also arrange for some time away from work or school to recover for a few days after the surgery. Walking is limited during recovery, so it is important to plan accordingly. Patients are also asked to wear a boot for between 6 and 12 weeks to allow for proper healing. Physical therapy will likely be necessary to ensure the optimal long-term function of the Achilles tendon as well.
You can get in touch with our team to schedule a convenient visit with our podiatrist by calling us or sending us a message today. We take pride in helping our patients through the Achilles tendon repair surgery process and offer aftercare to help ensure ideal health following the surgical procedure.
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