After Achilles tendon repair surgery, which is normally conducted under general anaesthesia, you may need to keep your ankle in a splint to prevent it from moving so it can heal properly. Typically, patients can go home the same day or the next day.
For the first few days, you may experience some pain and swelling in the foot, which is normal. You will be prescribed painkillers and be advised to rest as much as possible without putting pressure on the foot. You may also need to use crutches for a week or so.
After a week or 10 days, you may need to return to the doctor to remove the stitches and you may be required to wear a cast or support boot for the next few weeks. Additionally, you may need to attend physiotherapy sessions to regain mobility and strength in your foot.
The exact results of this procedure depend on your age, medical history, and how fast your body heals. In general, patients reach full recovery approximately 4-6 months after the surgery, and can resume exercise and normal activities. However, the tendon may not be as strong as it used to be, depending on how damaged it was before the procedure.
Results will vary from person to person, depending on the treatment area, severity of the issue, and your overall health. Your orthopaedic surgeon can give you a better idea of what to expect based on your individual needs and circumstances.