A ruptured Achilles tendon is a serious injury that requires prompt medical attention. The timing of surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon can depend on several factors, including the severity of the injury and the patient’s overall health.
In general, surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon is typically performed within the first 2 weeks after the injury. This is because the longer you wait to have surgery, the more difficult it can be to repair the tendon and regain full function. The longer you wait the more the tendon will retract and scar tissue will develop, making the surgery and recovery harder.
If the rupture is complete and severe, surgery is usually recommended as soon as possible, ideally within the first 48 hours after the injury. This is because the sooner the tendon is repaired, the less likely it is to retract and the better the chances of a successful outcome.
If the rupture is partial or the patient has other medical conditions that make surgery risky, non-surgical treatment such as casting and physical therapy may be recommended.
It’s important to consult with Dr. Sherman Nagler who specializes in foot and ankle surgery, as they will be able to evaluate your specific case, and recommend the best course of treatment.