What Is The Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles is a dense band of tissue that passes behind the ankle joint. It is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body and is about 6 inches long. The achilles tendon can receive a load stress 3.9 times body weight during walking and 7.7 times body weight while running.
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Achilles tendon ruptures most commonly occur in middle-aged men, often while playing basketball or tennis. People will usually report feeling a "shot" in the back of the calf and then having sharp pain. This injury is debilitating and can cause immense pain.
"We repair Achilles tendon ruptures without an open surgery. Over the past 20 years, we have optimized a technique allowing us to avoid making an open incision and preserve the growth factors to speed healing and decrease infection. Our technique is called Percutaneous Achilles Repair and works by passing sutures through the skin and pulling the ruptured ends of the tendon together allowing the tendon to heal back to its normal strength."
Percutaneous Achilles Tendon Repair
The alternative to open surgical repair of the ruptured achilles tendon is a percutaneous repair. This is accomplished by making a small skin nick and passing sutures in a crisscross fashion capturing the ruptured ends of the tendon and cinching them together. This closed approach preserves the natural growth factors and blood clot that forms around the ruptured ends and helps healing with less scar. The risk of infection is also reduced by avoiding an open surgery.