The fibrous tissue that connects your heel to the muscles in your leg is called the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon can tear or rupture and may require repair or reconstruction.
An incision is made in the back of the calf. If the tendon is ruptured, the surgeon will stitch the tendon back together and if is degenerated, the doctor may remove the damaged part of the tendon and repair the rest of the tendon with stitches. The wound will be closed using stitches.
As an outpatient procedure, patients often can go home the same day. After the surgery pain and swelling is normal. Keeping your leg elevated as often as possible can help reduce swelling and pain.