- Both open and percutaneous surgeries are successful. More than 80 out of 100 people who have surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture are able to return to all the activities they did before the injury, including returning to sports.
- Although percutaneous surgery has traditionally been viewed as having higher rerupture rates than open surgery, studies now show that the rerupture rates are similar. About 5 out of 100 people who have surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture will rerupture after surgery.
- Open surgery is more likely than percutaneous surgery to result in wound healing problems. But damage to a nerve is more likely with percutaneous surgery. Newer techniques for percutaneous surgery may make nerve damage less likely than when older techniques are used.
It is sometimes difficult to know how surgeries compare, because the ages and activities of those having the surgeries differ. The success of your surgery can depend on your surgeon's experience, the type of surgical procedure used, the extent of tendon damage, how soon after rupture the surgery is done and how soon your rehabilitation program starts after surgery and how well you follow it.
Talk to your surgeon about his or her surgical experience and success rate with the technique that would best treat your condition.
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