A surgical procedure performed to reconstruct a ruptured achilles tendon. This procedure involves the surgeon making one or more small incisions in the area of the achilles tendon. Once the achilles tendon has been viewed and evaluated the surgeon will use specialized sutures to reattach the ruptured portions of the achilles tendon. Sutures are placed above and below the area of rupture to ensure that a strong connection is formed. The incision is then closed with either a stitch or sterile adhesive strips.
Achilles tendon repair is performed as an outpatient procedure using a Minimally Invasive Approach at Regency Healthcare’s state of the art surgical facility. Patients will not need to stay overnight and will be able to leave the surgical practice the same day.
Surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. This procedure may be performed as an open procedure or percutaneously.
During an open surgery an incision is made in the back of the leg and the Achilles tendon is stitched together. In a complete or serious rupture the tendon of plantaris or another vestigial muscle is harvested and wrapped around the Achilles tendon, increasing the strength of the repaired tendon. If the tissue quality is poor, e.g. the injury has been neglected, the surgeon might use a reinforcement mesh (collagen, Artelon or other degradable material).
In percutaneous surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions, rather than one large incision, and sews the tendon back together through the incision(s). Surgery may be delayed for about a week after the rupture to let the swelling go down. 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.
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