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Achilles tendon rupture

04/10/2007

Question:

I ruptured my achilles tendon - concerned about waiting to long for surgery to the point where distance between torn ends will too far such that another tendon will have to be used to bridge the gap. From the time of injury how soon should you have surgery - is five days too long?

Answer:

Typically, the sooner you are able to have surgery performed, the better.  I wouldn’t go much longer than five days.  Good luck with your recovery. 

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Chalisa   Fonza, MA, ATC Chalisa Fonza, MA, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Clinical Instructor at the School of Allied Medical Professionals
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University