Uploaded on Dec 14, 2007
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Your doctor has recommended that you undergo surgery to repair your ruptured Achilles tendon.
But what does that actually mean?
On the day of your operation, you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth and
an intravenous line may be put in.
You will then be transferred to the operating table, where you'll be placed in a prone position, with your leg supported.
In the operating room, the anesthesiologist will begin to administer anesthesia - either general...
... or regional.
The surgeon will then apply antiseptic solution to the skin around the area where the incisions will be made...
place a sterile drape around the operative site.
After allowing a few minutes for the anesthetic to take effect ...
an incision will be made in the long axis of the ankle over the injured tendon.
The incision is carried down through the skin, exposing the underlying tendon sheath. Patient Education
The sheath is then opened to reveal the tendon itself and the contained,
damaged Achilles tendon.
The damaged portion of the tendon is then cut away, taking as little tissue as possible, but cutting back to strong, viable tendon fibers.
The surgeon weaves sutures through the tendon fibers in a pattern designed to hold with good strength.
Then the two tendon ends are pulled into contact and tied securely.
Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
After sterile dressings are applied, a well-padded splint will be fitted.
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