Achilles Tendon Surgery
After conservative options have failed, it is time to look at surgery for chronic Achilles Tendonitis. At this point in time, it is most like that you have develop Achilles Tendinosis, which develops from chronic inflammation to the tendon which causes it to become thick form scar tissue within the tendon.
The surgery that will be selected by your Calgary podiatric surgeon depends on what type of Achilles Tendinosis you have -insertional, or non-insertional.
Insertional Achilles Tendinosis Surgery
The problem is at the insertion of the heel and the heel may be involve forming heel spurs or you may have a Haglund's deformity at the back of your heel. The surgery involves releasing the complete Achilles tendon off of your heel, cleaning out all the diseased tendon and scar tissue, removing the bones spurs and/or Haglund's deformity and reattaching the Achilles tendon back onto your heel through the use of bone anchors.
The recovery from this surgery is very lengthy; however, the long term outcomes are very good.
Non-Insertional Achilles Tendinosis Surgery
The problem is not at the heel, but higher within the tendon. This surgery involves opening up the Achilles tendon and removing any disease and scarred portions of the tendon. If much of the tendon needs to be removed, a tendon transfer/augmentation may be needed.
As a general rule, Achilles Tendon procedures are performed on an out-patient basis in an Alberta Health Services (AHS) approved Surgical Center or in a Hospital. Surgical procedural costs are covered by AHS or the patient may opt for private surgery to avoid a waiting time. A visit to Feldman & Leavitt Foot And Ankle Specialists will CLEARLY define all available patient options.
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At Feldman & Leavitt Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are dedicate to providing quality foot and ankle care to all ages of patients. We believe that prompt diagnosis, early intervention and prevention are essential for the care and treatment of your feet. We provide a full range of podiatric medical care including both conservative and surgical therapies in our Calgary clinic.
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