Personal stories about surgery for Achilles tendon rupture
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Carlo, age 34: I blew out my Achilles playing
basketball-and we still lost! I've talked to my doctor about this, and he
recommends surgery, as I want to continue playing basketball and am active in a
lot of other ways. I'm going with an open surgery because that seems to be the
best for not having another rupture. I realize there is more of a possibility
for wound infection, but that's worth the risk-I don't want to pop my Achilles
again, and, to tell the truth, I don't really worry about infections.
Marian, age 55: I don't really know how I did
it, but I ruptured my Achilles tendon. I guess sometimes a simple action can do
it. I don't like the idea of surgery, so I'm going with a cast and a good rehab
program. Although I like to go for walks, I'm not an athlete by any means, so
my doctor says I probably shouldn't have to worry about doing it again.
Brandi, age 45: And I thought my injury days
were over! I gave up playing sports a while back, but I still referee young
children's soccer games. At the last one I did, whack, there went my Achilles.
Now I have to decide what to do. I'm not overly active, but I still like to get
around. I'm also getting to the point where surgery and potential complications
bother me, but on the other hand, I really don't want another rupture. My
doctor told me he knows a surgeon who is very experienced in a type of surgery
that does not make a big cut-I believe it's called percutaneous surgery. This
surgery is supposed to solidly fix the tendon but have less risk of
complications. This sounds good to me, especially because the surgeon is
Fred, age 33: I started jogging again after
quite a few years, and a week later blam!-out goes my Achilles. Talk about bad
luck! My doc says surgery would be no problem, as I'm a young guy in good
health. But surgery just bugs me. I'd rather have a cast, even if my doc says
an operation gives me less risk of doing it again. But I've learned my lesson.
After the cast comes off, I'll pay more attention to warming up and stretching.
I won't be in the 10% who have rerupture after using a cast!
Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedics
January 27, 2009
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 27, 2009
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