Achilles tendon rupture is common and occurs commonly in men in their 30s and 40s who engage in intermittent sports. The Achilles tendon runs from the calf to the heel bone.
Surgery of the Achilles tendon
The procedure involves making an incision in the lower leg and reattaching the torn tendon with stitches. Depending on the condition of the torn tissue, the repair may be reinforced with other tendons. After the operation, to help the tendon recover, the surgeon will put a cast on the tendon.
As with all procedures, this carries some risks and complications.
- Pain: The operation involves moving the tissues which leads to pain, to relieve these pains can talk to your surgeon for analgesics.
- Bleeding: There will inevitably be some bleeding.
- Scar: The operation will leave a small scar in the area of the operation. .
- Infection: It may be that in the area where the operation was performed after this the area becomes red or there is an area with secretion. It may be necessary to take antibiotics to treat these infections.
- Stiffness: You may feel some stiffness in the operated area but with physical therapy you will reduce the stiffness.
- Hypertrophic Scar: These scars are exaggerated growths of the tissue where the scar has been made. They can be treated with steroid injection or surgically if necessary.
- Delayed wound healing: This can occur if the wound is under tension, infected, or has poor blood circulation.
- Fat necrosis: This can also happen due to delayed wound healing.
- Deep Venous Thrombosis: A blood clot in the blood vessels.