If you follow sports, you have an idea of the level of impact a ruptured Achilles tendon can have. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers tore his Achilles tendon in April of 2013 and didn’t return to playing until 8 months later. Some top-level athletes never returned to the same level of performance after this same injury including Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing and Elgin Baylor. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and due to the high amount of force going through that area, the recovery after a rupture can be extensive.
For those of us that are not professional athletes we may not face an end to our career, but we are just as susceptible to the many complications of this injury. When treated non-surgically, Achilles tendon tears have a high risk of re-rupture and result in a significant loss in strength. This option is generally reserved for high-risk patients or those with severe health issues. Surgical repair allows for a more predictable outcome with a return to full function. As with any surgical procedure, this procedure has several risks including infection, scarring and non-healing of the incision.
In recent years there has been a trend in minimally invasive procedures including those for Achilles tendon ruptures. A standard incision for an Achilles tendon repair is roughly 10-15 cm in length along the back of the ankle. Using a minimally invasive approach the incision is 2-3 cm in length, which greatly reduces the risk of scarring and delayed healing of the incision site.
Being at the forefront of medical advancements, the physicians at University Foot and Ankle Institute are proud to offer a minimally invasive approach for Achilles tendon ruptures. By minimizing post-surgical risks, we can allow our patients to enjoy a quick recovery while limiting complications generally associated with this type of repair.
For an appointment with a doctor at one of our nine Greater Los Angeles and Southern California locations please call (877) 989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com.
As an avid athlete, Dr. Morris developed a special interest in preventative medicine and treatment of sports related injuries. He also has extensive experience in foot and ankle trauma, reconstructive surgery and arthroscopy. In addition, Dr. Morris currently works as a consultant for several companies specializing in joint implants for feet and ankles.
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