Achilles Tendinitis Surgery

An Achilles Tendon Repair might be suggested if your specialist suspects a rupture. Prior to surgery an Ultrasound or MRI will be carried out to assess the extent of damage and the gap between the tendon ends.

The surgery helps to restore normal anatomy and function of the achilles. An incision will be made at the back of the calf and the two torn ends attached together with a strong suture. If there is severe damage then a part of the tendon may be removed and replaced with a healthy tendon from another part of your foot.

Where possible, the procedure will be carried out through a minimally invasive technique where 2-3mm incisions will be made. This will help reduce possible complications during recovery.

If you have a job that does not require significant physical activity, then you can continue working after 1-2 weeks. If you have an active job then you may need to wait 6-8 weeks before returning to work. Your specialist will run through your recovery plan during your consultation. It may take 6-12 months to gain sufficient strength to return to sports or significant physical activities requiring exertion.