ACHILLES TENDON REPAIR
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What Is an Achilles Tendon Repair?
Achilles tendon repair is a surgical procedure performed to treat a tear or rupture of the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the body. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and is responsible for the movement of the foot, allowing activities such as walking, running, and jumping.
The procedure is typically recommended for cases where the Achilles tendon is completely torn or when conservative treatments, such as immobilization and physical therapy, have not been successful in promoting adequate healing.
What Happens During an Achilles Tendon Repair?
The surgical procedure involves the following steps:
- Incision: An incision is made over the area of the Achilles tendon rupture to access the damaged tendon.
- Tendon examination and preparation: The surgeon examines the torn ends of the tendon and removes any damaged or unhealthy tissue. The healthy ends of the tendon are then prepared for repair.
- Tendon repair: The torn ends of the Achilles tendon are brought together and sutured using strong sutures. Different techniques may be used for the repair, including open repair, percutaneous repair, or minimally invasive techniques.
- Tendon reinforcement: In some cases, depending on the severity of the tendon tear and the surgeon’s preference, additional reinforcement may be performed using other nearby tendons or synthetic materials to provide additional strength and stability to the repaired tendon.
- Wound closure: The incision is carefully closed with sutures or staples, and sterile dressings are applied to protect the surgical site.
After the surgery, the patient may be required to wear a cast or walking boot to immobilize the foot and ankle and allow the tendon to heal. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises are an important part of the recovery process to restore strength, flexibility, and function to the repaired Achilles tendon.
It’s important to note that the recovery time and rehabilitation process can vary depending on the severity of the tendon tear and individual factors. Close follow-up with the surgeon and adherence to the prescribed rehabilitation program are essential for a successful recovery and return to normal activities.