Achilles Tendon Lengthening
The minimally invasive procedure is designed to treat chronic tendonitis and a short or contracted achilles tendon. A series of cuts are made in the tendon so it can stretch and lengthen into a comfortably natural position.
The patient is positioned so the back of the ankle is clearly visible and easily accessible to the surgeon. Anesthesia will be administered after the area is cleaned and sterilized.
Treating the Tendon
Your surgeon will make several small incisions through the skin, cutting through sections of the achilles tendon in multiple places. This will allow the tendon to stretch out enough without tearing. As you heal during post-surgery care, it will lengthen and become a healthier tendon.
End of Procedure and After Care
The incisions are closed with sutures or surgical stables before the leg is bandaged. A brace or cast may be necessary to immobilize the leg with a recovery time around 6 weeks.
Achilles Tendon Lengthening in Illinois
When you’ve suffered from an achilles tendon rupture and need to proceed with corrective measures, you’ll want a surgeon you can trust. Contact an Illinois Bone & Joint Institute location today to receive the comprehensive care you deserve and the surgery to efficiently treat your condition.