Something that is torn can often be repaired. When it’s something like Woody’s arm getting sewn back up in Toy Story 2, it can be heartwarming. When it’s something like an Achilles tendon rupture getting repaired, it’s not as cute. Still, the concepts remain pretty similar, even if your body is more complex than a rag doll.
Achilles tendon surgery for a rupture involves sewing the two torn pieces of the tendon back together. The way in which those pieces are accessed may vary, however, depending upon certain factors. In an open repair, an incision is made along the back of the lower leg, just above the heel. The rupture is accessed fully through this opening and repaired.
In the other technique, known as percutaneous surgery, a much smaller incision is made on the lower leg. Several needles and sutures are passed through the skin and tendon, which are then brought out through the opening. The sutures are all tied together, completing the job without having to make a big cut.
Regardless of the technique, Achilles tendon surgery is most often performed on an outpatient basis. Once the surgery is finished, the patient can usually go home the same day. The operation may be held off for up to a week or so after the rupture happens, however, so there is less swelling met during the procedure.If you or a loved one needs surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture, Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff of Family Foot Care & Surgery will be with you every step of the way. We will fully explain the procedures involved, lay out all your options, and help you through the recovery process. Contact either of our offices at (203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.