Achilles tendon repair
The repair of the Achilles tendon is a surgical procedure that aims to restore the anatomy and function of this tendon.
The repair of the Achilles tendon is indicated:
- If after trauma, the referral to a physician was delayed (after several weeks), and the ends of the tendon retracted too far to be sutured together;
- If a large portion of the tendon was damaged due to trauma;
- If after suturing the tendon, infectious complications occurred, and this lead to a tendon defect after healing;
- If inflammation of the Achilles tendon is present;
- If a deformity of the foot in which the foot is fixed in an abnormal position (pes equinus) is present, and the Achilles tendon needs to be lengthened in order the patient could walk with full weight on his/her foot;
- After a surgical lengthening of the tibia.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The surgery is usually performed under regional anesthesia. It is a complex surgical procedure that can take from 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.
If there is a tendon defect, the tendon is sutured, and the gap is closed by using either a piece of the same Achilles tendon or another tendon as a tendon transfer.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- The sutures are removed after 12-14 days;
- Immediately after the procedure, the foot is immobilized with the help of a special cast for 6-8 weeks.