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Achilles Tendon can be Repaired by Minimal Invasive Technique

by Julia Samuel on February 9, 2015 at 12:55 PM
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Achilles Tendon can be Repaired by Minimal Invasive Technique

A new, minimally invasive technique to repair the Achilles tendon was used by Orthopaedic surgeon Adam Schiff, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center.

The technique requires minimal invasion of 1 to 1.5 inch compared to the conventional surgery, which requires a vertical incision five or six inches long.

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Dr. Schiff said, "It's the new trend in foot and ankle surgery. For those who qualify, the minimally invasive approach has been very successful."

Achilles tendon rupture is a common sports related injury that typically occurs while running, jumping or in workplace or due to trauma.

A ruptured Achilles tendon can be treated non-operatively by wearing a cast for six to eight weeks if treated within 48 hours and then functional rehabilitation is required. Surgical repair reduces the risk of re-rupturing the Achilles, and enables patients to return to work or sports earlier.

The surgical technique is not appropriate for all patients, and it must be done within a week or two of the injury. As in non-surgical repairs, the patient spends four to six weeks in a cast and then undergoes functional rehabilitation.

Source: Medindia
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