This surgical procedure is used to repair a ruptured
Achilles tendon, the large tendon that travels down
the back of the ankle. This procedure will help the
tendon heal properly, restoring function to the foot
and ankle.
Preparation
The patient is positioned so that the back of the
ankle is clearly visible to the surgeon. Anesthetic is
administered and the area is cleaned and sterilized.
Repairing the Tendon
An incision is made in the back of the ankle to
access the ruptured tendon. Tools are used to
gently pull the separated sections of tendon toward
each other. The ends are then carefully stitched
together.
End of Procedure and After Care
The incision is closed with sutures or surgical

staples. The ankle is bandaged. The patient is
placed in a cast for four to eight weeks, and should
avoid putting weight on the foot while it heals.
Afterward, the patient may require physical therapy.
The patient can typically resume normal activities within four to six months.

 

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