Tendon Repair Surgery | Foot and Ankle Pain | The Relief Institute

Tendon Repair Surgery

The tendon repair surgery is a surgery used to fix a damaged tendon. This surgery is often used to repair the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon, a strong fibrous cord in the lower leg that connects the muscles of the calf to the heel, is the largest tendon in the body, allowing individuals to walk, run, and jump.

Conditions

In some cases, a tendon can tear or rupture. This is usually due to a sudden, strong force exerted on the muscles or body. This is common during tough physical activities. It can also happen from moving too fast or pivoting on a foot. Having a foot that turns outward too much can increase the risk of a torn tendon. A ruptured Achilles tendon can cause pain and swelling near the heel. The foot may be unable to bend downwards.

Tendons can also degenerate. This is known as tendinosis or tendinopathy and is often followed by inflammation known as tendonitis. Symptoms such as pain or stiffness may be experienced along the tendon. This is most often due to overuse and repetitive stress to the tendon. Having short calf muscles can increase the risk of tendinopathy.

Depending on the problem, surgery might be the best solution.

Surgery

In some cases, the tendon repair surgery can be done as a minimally invasive procedure. This is done with several small incisions instead of one large one. Your doctor may use a special scope with a tiny camera and a light to help do the repair.

Depending on your condition, the procedure may differ:

  • During the surgery, your will make an incision in the back of the calf.
  • If the tendon is ruptured, your doctor will stitch the tendon back together.
  • If the tendon degenerates, your doctor may remove the damaged part of the tendon and repair the rest of the tendon with stitches.
  • If there is severe damage to most of the tendon, your doctor might replace part or all of your tendon. This is done with a tendon taken from another area of your foot.
  • Your doctor may also give you spinal anesthesia. This is so you won’t feel anything from your waist down. Sedation is also an option to help you sleep through the surgery.
Disclaimer: The Relief Institute has made reasonable efforts to present accurate information on this website; however, it is possible that information found on this website could potentially be out-of-date or limited in nature. Any medical and health-related information presented on this website is general in nature. The Relief Institute does not furnish or render professional health care services or medical care. Therefore, the information presented on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, nor is it intended to provide you with a specific diagnosis or treatment for a specific ailment. The information is made available to you for educational and informational purposes and does not constitute the practice of medicine and/or as a substitute for consultation with your personal health care provider. Click here to view our full disclaimer.