Achilles tendon rupture is caused by an injury. The condition appears in the back of the lower leg between the calf and the ankle.
The injury could be caused by accident or while playing recreational sports.
The Achilles is a strong tendon that connects the muscles in the back of the calf to the heel bone. The injury could rupture the Achilles tendon totally or partially.
The Achilles tendon is accompanied by a sharp pain in the lower leg and calf region and the patient might be unable to walk properly.
The healing process can be non-surgical depending on a person's health and individual condition.
A doctor might recommend different surgical or non-surgical treatment depending on your age, level of activity, the severity of the rupture, and the associated conditions.
IN athletes and younger patients, surgery is often recommended for faster recovery, while in older people surgery is not recommended but a non-surgical treatment.
The Achilles tendon repair procedure involves making an incision in the back of the lower leg.
Depending on the condition of the torn tissue, the doctor repairs it by stitching it or reinforcing it with other tendons.
The Laparoscopic process is carried out by
Making one or more small incisions (cuts) in the skin around the ruptured tendons.
Guided by a laparoscope (a narrow tube with a light camera at one end) the doctor then sews the torn ends of the tendon together.
The doctor also ascertains during the procedure if any surrounding tissues are ruptured and need attention. Injuries to the blood vessels and nerves need to be taken care, to avoid further complications.
Post-surgery the doctor closes the incision and covers the incision with sterile bandages.
A splint (a rigid and flexible device that offer support as well as gives stability to the surgical site) is applied to the joints.
IN cases where the rupture is severe, and there is no scope to repair the tendon, a healthy tendon is sourced from other parts of the body like the toe or the foot.Rehabilitation
Achilles tendon rupture does not just recover with surgery but also needs to be supplemented with physical therapy like exercises.
The recovery takes a full four to six months depending on the seriousness of the rupture.
The surgery should be supported by strength, stability as well as coordination training continuously.
Wound healing problems
Complications from anesthesia
Continued pain in the foot and ankle
The risks may vary according to your age, the shape of the foot and leg muscles and tendons, general health, and the type of surgery done.
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