The Most Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon
Achilles Tendinopathy Debridement with a Minimal Incision
When your Achilles tendon hurts, there may be spurs present. Most often the spurs do not hurt, but the tendon around them has become degenerated. Many patients also have degenerated tendon that is an inch or more above the heel bone in the Achilles tendon. Pain is often worse after sitting or sleeping but does increase from walking and other activities.
This condition usually responds to a brace and limited activities for several weeks. In severe cases, surgical intervention is required. "Traditional" surgery involves open dissection of the diseased tendon, a detachment of the tendon from the heel bone, removal of diseased tendon and sometimes bone spurs, then reattachment of the tendon using bone anchor suture. This requires a cast and no walking for approximately 6 weeks. Physical therapy is usually needed.
Alternatively, recent advances have shown good results debriding the tendon WITHOUT cutting it and detaching it off of the heel bone. The procedure is a game changer for most patients that would otherwise be sidelined for 2 months or more.
This is called Ultrasound Guided Tendon Debridement.
What are the advantages?
- Minimally invasive
- Only local anesthesia is required
- Faster recovery
- Walking is permitted
If you have had tendon pain in your foot or ankle for more than 4 months, you may be a candidate for this revolutionary treatment.
For a brief educational video, please see the video below. Call us to see if this treatment would be beneficial for you.