Achilles Tendon Repair

A surgical procedure performed to repair a torn Achilles tendon. An incision is made on the back of the leg in the ankle/lower calf region and the torn tendon is identified and inspected. Several sutures are passed through free ends of the tendon. The ends of the tendon are brought together and secured by tying the sutures from either end of the torn tendon. If the tear occurs at or near the tendon attachment on the heel, holes can be drilled in the bone and the tendon can be secured to its attachment with absorbable anchors.

Common Questions About Achilles Tendon Repair

What are symptoms of an Achilles tendon tear?

An Achilles tendon tear is typically a painful pop to the heel. On exam there is a palpable gap at the tendon insertion.

When should surgery be considered?

Surgery should be considered in those who are active, play sports, and want full strength and push off power of their ankle.

What is the surgical process like?

For an achilles tendon repair, the surgeon makes a small incision at the site of the rupture or tear. The surgeon then sews the tendon together.

What is the recovery process like?

After the surgery, patients remain in a cast for two weeks with crutches and are non weight bearing on the ankle. Patients transition into an elevated walking boot for six weeks. Full recovery of the tendon can take from 6 months to one year after surgery. Patients start attending physical therapy when instructed by their physician and continue for the duration of their recovery process.

Surgical Technique and Presentation Videos

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Dr. Chen's Technique for Achilles Repair with Amnion Augmentation

Dr. Chen's Presentation on Achilles' Tendon Ruptures


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