The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body and is essential for ankle mobility. When the Achilles is ruptured it can cause a lot of pain and make it difficult to even walk.
Achilles Tendon Repair Surgery
Achilles tendon surgery is often the best treatment option when the Achilles is ruptured. Prior to the procedure, you will receive a anesthesia and a nerve block the provides complete pain relief for up to 18 hours. Surgery starts with the surgeon making an incision along the back of the leg to the heel. Often, this can be done in a minimally invasive fashion. The surgeon then repairs the damaged Achilles with sutures, allowing the tendon to mend itself under the correct tension. Finally, the surgical incisions are closed with sutures.
Before your procedure, your surgeon will walk you through the specifics of your post-op recovery plan, including what medications to take, when to return to certain activities, and more. See the video below for more details about the procedure:
Achilles Tendon Repair Surgery in Knoxville, TN
If you have injured your Achilles tendon, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist.