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
- 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.
Christopher C Nannini, MD
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