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
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
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:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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