Surgery costs to repair a ruptured achilles tendon range from $4,125 to $10,350 for cash paying patients at facilities publishing prices openly on our site. Achilles tendon repair surgery may include hardware implants, which may or may not be included in published pricing. Costs can also vary depending on what type of anesthesia is used (local, general, or none).
Achilles surgery costs on our site usually include applicable facility, physician, and anesthesia fees. Sometimes the combined price is called a "bundled" or "global rate". Be sure to look for information on provider pages about what is included. It's also a good idea to talk to providers over the phone, not only to verify what a listed price represents, but also because most providers have additional services and information on pricing and payment that's not listed on their pages.
If you aren't careful, you could end up paying $12,000 to $25,000 or more for achilles tendon surgery at some facilities. The highest rates are usually at hospitals and other larger facilities, which can have very high "list" prices and offer discounts only to insurers and street-smart cash payers. There's no need to get caught paying outlandish rates if you ask about pricing and payment beforehand.
Two types of surgery may be performed to repair a ruptured achilles tendon: 1) open surgery, where a surgeon makes a single large incision in the back of the leg, and 2) percutaneous surgery, where a surgeon makes several small incisions rather than one large one. In both types, the surgeon stitches the torn tendon back together through the incision(s). Depending on the condition of the torn tissue, the repair may be reinforced with other tendons (such as the tendon of plantaris or another vestigial muscle), or the surgeon may use a reinforcement mesh (collagen, Artelon or another degradable material). For sedentary patients and those who have vasculopathy or risks for poor healing, percutaneous surgical repair may be a better treatment choice than open surgical repair.
After either type of surgery, a patient will likely wear a cast, walking boot, or similar device for 6 to 12 weeks. Surgery may be delayed for about a week after the rupture to allow for swelling to go down.