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Achilles Tendon Repair Specialists

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics -  - Orthopedics

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Nashville, TN & Franklin, TN

A rupture of your Achilles tendon is a disabling injury that may not heal on its own. If you damage your tendon like this, the board-certified surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics in Tennessee can help by performing advanced Achilles tendon repair using minimally invasive techniques. Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics has four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee, so call the one nearest you to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Achilles Tendon Repair Q & A

Why do I need an Achilles tendon repair?

You might need an Achilles tendon repair if you suffer a severe injury, and non-surgical treatments do not heal the damage.

Your Achilles tendon is a thick, tough piece of connective tissue at the back of your leg. It connects your heel to your calf muscle so you can walk, run, and jump. This tendon is the largest in your entire body, and it's extremely strong.

It's possible to tear your Achilles tendon if you put it under excessive strain. More commonly, overuse or repetitive strain leads to the development of numerous tiny tears. This condition, known as tendonitis, can cause the tendon to break down, leading to chronic and painful tendinosis.

Non-invasive treatments, including rest, immobilization, and physical therapy, often give the tendon a chance to heal. However, some injuries are too severe or fail to respond to these measures, in which case Achilles tendon repair might be necessary.

What does Achilles tendon repair involve?

In some cases, your provider at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics might be able to repair the Achilles tendon by sewing the torn ends together again. 

However, if there's extensive damage to your Achilles tendon, your provider might need to use a graft to repair it. Tissue for the graft usually comes from a tendon in another part of your foot.

If possible, your provider uses minimally invasive techniques to perform Achilles tendon repair. That means making several small incisions in your leg instead of the single, long incision typical of open surgery. Benefits of this minimally invasive approach include less pain and faster healing.

How long is the recovery period after Achilles tendon repair?

Recovery from Achilles tendon repair could take anywhere from 6-12 months. Many factors influence your recovery, including:

  • The extent of the repair
  • What your fitness level is
  • Your age
  • Your general health
  • How well you follow your rehabilitation program

First, you need to have a splint on your ankle and use crutches to make sure you don't strain the tendon. After about 10 days, your provider removes the splint and takes any stitches out.

If you have Achilles tendon problems that aren't responding to other treatments, find out more about Achilles tendon repair by contacting Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. Call or book an appointment online today.

 

Our Achilles Tendon Repair Specialists

Dr. Willers

 

Dr. Thomson