Achilles Tendon Surgery

Achilles Tendon Surgery

Rupture : Acute vs Chronic Repair

  • Usually traumatic injury
  • May occur with:
    • – Sudden forced plantar flexion
    • – Violent dorsiflexion in a plantar flexed foot

Dr Latham repairs achilles tendon ruptures through a minimal incision approach using the PARS system from Arthrex.

Haglunds Deformity

  • Insertional Achilles tendonitis
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis & Haglund deformity
  • Achilles tendonitis

Haglunds Deformity Operative Repair

  • Retrocalcaneal bursa excision, debridement of diseased tendon, calcaneal bony prominence resection

Achilles Tendon Repair Post Operative Instructions


  • You will have a plaster cast on your ankle and foot for 2 weeks following surgery
  • An aircast will be applied with wedges at 2 weeks
  • At 6-8 weeks, you will begin walking on the aircast and remove a wedge every 2 weeks until your foot is flat. At 12 weeks, the aircast will be removed.


  • The surgical incision has been closed with sutures
  • Do not get the cast or wound wet for the first two weeks. When showering place a bag over the cast and secure with tape to your leg to avoid the cast and wound getting wet
  • Stitches will be removed at your 2 week appointment
  • After the stitches are removed, you may begin to shower after 2-3 days
  • Do not immerse the foot in water (bath, hot tub, pool) for 4 weeks
  • Do not apply any lotions or creams on the wound for 6 weeks

Weight Bearing:

  • You will be non-weight bearing for the first 6 weeks while in aircast
  • You will use a mobility device to offload your foot (crutches, walker, stirrup cast)
  • After 6-8 weeks you may begin fully walking in the aircast


  • You will be given a prescription for pain medication
  • Pain medication should be used regularly for the first 24-48 hours, when required for the first 1 to 2 weeks, followed by Regular ibuprofen
  • Aspirin may be prescribed as a blood thinner


  • For right foot surgery you are not permitted to drive until you have completely weaned off of the aircast
  • For left foot surgery, please contact your insurance company to see if you are permitted to drive
  • Driving is not permitted while on narcotics


  • Two weeks off work is recommended for initial recovery
  • If you can be transported to work and you have a sedentary occupation you may return to work when you are able and are off narcotics
  • From 2-8 weeks sedentary duties is recommended
  • By 12 weeks you can gradually return to full duties
  • If your job is physically demanding, return to full duties is usually possible around 12 weeks post operatively

Follow Up:

  • You will have your first appointment 2 weeks after surgery in the Fracture Clinic
  • Your next appointments will be at 6 weeks, 3 months then 6 months post operatively


  • It is normal to experience mild to moderate pain, numbness, or tingling for the first 2 weeks following surgery
  • You will get back to most of your activities by 6-12 months
  • Swelling often remains for 6-12 months
  • You are expected to experience a FULL recovery (no pain, no swelling, ability to walk, etc.) in 9-12 months