Achilles tendon repair reconnects the ends of the broken tendon. This lets you use your foot again in a normal way. You could have one of two types of surgery. In open surgery, the doctor makes a cut at the back of your leg. This cut is called an incision. In percutaneous (say "per-kew-TAY-nee-us") surgery, the doctor uses a few smaller cuts. Tools for fixing the tendon are inserted through the cuts. Your doctor will decide which surgery will work best for you.
Most people go home the same day as the surgery. How soon you can go back to work and your normal routine depends on your job. If you sit at work, you may be able to go back in 1 to 2 weeks. But if you are on your feet at work, it may take 6 to 8 weeks. If you are very physically active in your job, it may take 3 to 6 months.
You will be in a cast or walking boot for 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. You may need physical therapy.
Most people can return to sports in 4 to 6 months.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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