An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear in the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The procedure used to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon is known as surgery for Achilles tendon rupture. During this operation, the torn edges of the Achilles tendon are stitched back together. This enables a full healing of the tendon, and helps restore the function of the foot and ankle.
The surgery for Achilles tendon rupture begins by positioning the patient in a way that the back of the foot is clearly visible and easily accessible to the podiatric surgeon. After that, an anesthetic is administered, and the area is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
Following the preparation, an incision is made in the back of the ankle in order to access the ruptured Achilles tendon. Using gentle tools, the two sections of the tendon are pulled toward each other, and carefully stitched back together.
The procedure is wrapped up with a closure of the incision using sutures or surgical staples. The ankle is then bandaged and the foot is placed in a cast that should be worn in the next four to eight weeks. Physical therapy may also be required in order to help with the rehabilitation process. Full recovery is expected in four to six months.