Surgery for Rupture Achilles Tendon

Surgery is usually recommended for active young people.

There are two types of surgery used to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon:

  • open surgery, which is when one long cut is made to reach the tendon to repair it
  • percutaneous surgery, which is when a number of small cuts are made to reach the tendon to repair it

Both types of surgery involve stitching the tendon together so it can heal. Open surgery is less likely to cause injury to one of the nerves in your leg.

After surgery you will have a series of casts or an adjustable brace on your leg to help the Achilles tendon heal. This will usually be for between four and eight weeks.

How well will the surgery of Rupture Achilles Tendon works?

In general, Both open and percutaneous surgeries are successful. More than 80 out of 100 people who have surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture are able to return to all the activities they did before the injury, including returning to sports

Rupture Achilles Tendon

What are the risk of having rupture Achilles tendon repair?

About five in 100 people who have surgery for this injury get an infection. This can be treated with antibiotics. There may be a lower risk of infection if you have percutaneous surgery. For between one and three in 100 people the tendon will re-rupture after the operation.


NOTE: Why repair of rupture Achilles Tendon is a must? Surgery provides less chance that the tendon will rupture again and offers a shorter recovery period. A delay in having surgery can cause the two ends of the Achilles tendon to separate and shorten, which makes reattaching the two ends difficult. Call us at (65) 6476 2106 for an appointment to discuss further with Dr Kevin Yip