Orthosports Foot and Ankle
#10-41 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road Singapore 329563
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Achilles tendon tears

Achilles Tendon – Acute tears

Acute tears of the Achilles tendon can be managed with a cast or cast boot together with rehabilitation. However, a repair can possibly restore function more quickly, give more power in the healed tendon and also likely have less chances of a rerupture or retear. Previously, the main concern with a repair would be wound complications as a relatively long wound would be required for repair. Dr Tan has been using a minimally invasive technique for repairs for many years now and this has so far given a reliable repair without wound complications. With small wounds for the repair, this also allows faster rehabilitation without the use of a cast and also earlier weight bearing on the foot.

10 days after a minimally invasive Achilles repair. The small wound heals with significantly less risk of complications than a traditional open repair.

10 days after a minimally invasive Achilles repair. The small wound heals with significantly less risk of complications than a traditional open repair.

Achilles Tendon –¬†Chronic tears

Chronic or missed Achilles tears are not that infrequent. In many cases, the original tear may have not been diagnosed immediately due to a variety of reasons. Many patients end up with a tendon that is torn and a relatively large gap between the tendon ends. This would traditionally require a fairly complicated reconstruction involving a significant wound/incision and use of local tendon flaps or a nearby tendon (tendon transfer eg, flexor hallucis longus [FHL] transfer) to bridge the gap. Recently, Dr Tan has been using an arthroscopic technique to perform a minimally invasive tendon reconstruction of chronic tears. This has the advantage of minimal wound complications and less concern for complications.

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