Achilles tendon repair

Surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon

A procedure undertaken to help you get back to full fitness following an injury

About Achilles tendon repair

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. A rupture occurs when there is a tear or separation of the tendon fibres. It is relatively common and can be serious.

Your consultant may suggest surgery if the tendon ends are not in contact or if your function is likely to be affected long term.

Need to know

  • What happens during Achilles tendon repair surgery? icon plus

    There are two main ways a surgeon can perform the operation to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. The type of surgery undertaken will depend on where your tear is.

    • In open surgery, one incision is made to allow your surgeon a better view to repair the ends directly using stitches.
    • In closed surgery, your surgeon will make a number of small skin incisions to reach your tendon and repair it indirectly using stitches passed through the skin.

    In both instances, your surgeon will stitch your tendon together in to allow the body’s healing process to take over and allow the tendon to repair.

  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for your surgery.
  • After surgery icon plus

    Your surgeon will usually use local anaesthetic to ensure you are not in pain after the surgery. You will require regular painkillers once the anaesthetic has worn off. You may return home on the same day or need to stay in hospital overnight.

    You will need to wear a cast or an adjustable leg brace to help your Achilles tendon heal. This is usually for between four and ten weeks. During this time you may require blood thinning medication to reduce the risk of blood clots.

    Physiotherapy will be needed starting after four to six weeks to strengthen your muscles, increase your range of motion, improve your walking, and reduce re-injury.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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