Acute Repairs of the Achilles Tendon by the Percutaneous Technique

  • Ansar Mahmood
  • Nicola Maffulli

Despite being the strongest tendon in the human body, the Achilles tendon is the most commonly ruptured.1,2 Among physicians, there is considerable debate surrounding the etiopathogenesis and the management of acute ruptures. Such injuries commonly occur in the occasional athlete and middle-aged men. The following case study is an example of a typical patient who presented to our outpatient clinic.

Case Study

A 38-year-old, self-employed computer software engineer, who played soccer once a week, attended the Fracture Clinic 2 days following an injury to his right Achilles tendon (AT). While participating in a soccer match, he pushed off on his left foot and felt something give at the back of his ankle. This resulted in acute severe pain, and he was unable to bear weight or drive home following the injury. At the Accident Unit, he was radiographed, and a clinical suspicion of Achilles tendon rupture was formulated.

The patient was otherwise fit and well, took no regular medication, and...


Achilles Tendon Open Repair Sural Nerve Percutaneous Technique Stab Incision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ansar Mahmood
    • 1
  • Nicola Maffulli
    • 2
  1. 1.Trauma and OrthopaedicsLeighton HospitalCheshireUK
  2. 2.Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryKeele University School of MedicineStoke-on-TrentUK

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