How Do You Repair a Torn Achilles Tendon?
For many Achilles tendon injuries, a special device that allows for repair of the Achilles tendon through a small one centimeter incision (approximately one-third of an inch) may be utilized. This device allows for opposition and repair of the tendon ends with minimal dissection and may lead to a decreased risk of complications associated with a larger, extensive incision.
Recovery Time for Achilles Tendon Surgery
Once the incision is healed, ankle motion is encouraged as soon as possible in order to maximize strength and function and decrease scarring. Weight bearing is allowed in a boot at around four weeks and a return to a regular shoe is seen at 10 to 12 weeks. A wedge is often utilized in the shoe to help protect the Achilles tendon during recovery, and continued improvement and increased strength may be expected for up to a year.
Choosing the Correct Achilles Tendon Repair Surgery
Some tendon rupture patterns are not amenable to minimally-invasive repair techniques and thus a standard open repair technique is utilized. Dr. Vora is particularly interested in treating conditions of the Achilles utilizing minimally invasive techniques and is currently studying the outcomes of treatment for patients treated in this manner. Dr. Vora is involved in development of new revolutionary knotless minimally invasive technique for Achilles tendon repair in Chicagoland, which may dramatically speed recovery and improve outcomes for Achilles tendon ruptures.
Make a Surgical Appointment Near Chicago to Repair Your Torn Achilles
Dr. Vora has extensive experience with achilles injuries and is known for his specialization in foot and ankle treatments.If you have torn your achilles and need surgery, please call 847-247-4000 or utilize our contact form to the right.