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Achilles Tendon Rupture (cont.)

Surgery for Achilles Tendon Rupture

  • Requires an operation to open the skin and physically suture (sew) the ends of the tendon back together
  • Has a lower incidence of re-rupture than nonsurgical treatment
  • Allows return to pre-injury activities sooner and at a higher level of functioning with less shrinkage of muscle
  • Risks are associated with surgery: anesthesia, infection, skin breakdown, scarring, bleeding, accidental nerve injury, higher cost, and blood clots in the leg are possible after surgery.
  • Surgery has been the treatment of choice for the competitive athlete or those with a high level of physical activity, for those with a delay in treatment or diagnosis, and for those whose tendons have ruptured again.
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