What is an Achilles tendon rupture?
Your Achilles tendon is the strong, fibrous cord that connects your heel bone to the muscles in your calf. An Achilles tendon rupture is common for people who play sports, as the tendon can overstretch and tear completely or partially. When the rupture occurs, you often hear a popping sound and feel sharp pain in the back of your ankle.
If you rupture your Achilles tendon, you have difficulty walking and putting weight on your foot to take a step. Surgical repair of a ruptured tendon is often the best way to fix it, and Dr. Colón-Martínez is a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon who can reconstruct your Achilles tendon using minimally invasive procedures, so you can fully recover from your injury.
What can I expect with Achilles tendon reconstruction surgery?
Men and women who are often the best candidates for Achilles tendon reconstruction surgery are healthy, active individuals who want to return to activities they enjoy, but even if you’re not involved in sports, you may still benefit from repair surgery. If you and Dr. Colón-Martínez decide that Achilles tendon reconstruction surgery is the best way to repair your Achilles tendon, she discusses the procedure with you so you know what to expect.
Depending on your condition and the severity of your Achilles tendon rupture, your surgery may occur as an outpatient procedure. There are several methods of repairing a ruptured tendon, and Dr. Colón-Martínez takes the most minimally invasive approach so you can experience a shorter recovery period and less scarring. Typically, the entire procedure takes just 30-60 minutes.
Your leg will be numb and you’ll be under anesthesia so you don’t feel any pain during surgery.
What can I expect during my recovery from Achilles tendon reconstruction surgery?
After surgery, you’ll most likely have a cast or splint from your toes to just below your knee. This keeps your ankle stable while you heal. You won’t be able to put weight on your leg or walk without crutches or a knee scooter immediately following surgery. It’s also a good idea to elevate your leg to minimize pain and swelling.
In the first week or two after surgery, you come back to the office for a follow-up appointment so Dr. Colón-Martínez can monitor your progress. She may remove your splint or cast to evaluate the incision, and remove any stitches if necessary. Depending on your progress, she may prescribe exercises to strengthen your ankle and encourage mobility.
Over the next few weeks, you begin walking and putting weight on your leg as your tendon further heals.
If you’d like an expert evaluation and diagnosis to see if you’re a candidate for Achilles tendon reconstruction, call for an appointment, book online, or stop by. Walk-ins are welcome.