Dr. Adam Schiff of Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago talks about a new surgery to repair achilles tendon ruptures that is like knitting.
A device is used to attach sutures to the tendon, and pull the sutures outside and inside the skin. The resulting horizontal scar is much smaller than the typical vertical scar left after traditional surgery.
Surgeons at the Ohio State University just published a study in which they outline a “modified giftbox” surgical technique for achilles tendon rupture repair. Inventor of the procedure Dr. Timothy Miller thinks that this technique could become the gold standard for surgical repair of achilles tendon ruptures.
In existing techniques, the sutures that are used to repair the torn achilles are knotted together at the tear site. This can interfere with healing. Dr. Miller’s new technique entails moving the knots away from the injury site.
Achilles Tendon Rupture Surgery Overview