Achilles Tendon Repair

Care After

AFTER THE PROCEDURE

  • ExitCare ImageYou will be taken to the recovery area where a nurse will watch and check your progress. Once you are awake, stable, and taking fluids well, if there are no other problems, you will be allowed to go home.

  • If this was done as a same day surgery, make sure to have a responsible adult with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery.

  • Do not drink alcohol, drive a car, use public transportation, or sign important papers for at least one day after surgery.

  • Do not resume physical activities until directed by your caregiver and surgeon.

  • Apply ice to the operative site for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times per day for the first 2-3 days, or as directed. Put the ice in a plastic bag and place a towel between the bag of ice and your skin, splint or cast.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • You may resume your normal diet as directed.

  • Change your dressings as directed.

  • Use crutches and move about only as instructed.

  • Keep leg raised above the level of the heart (the center of the chest) at all times when not using the bathroom, etc. Do not dangle the leg over a chair, couch or bed. When lying down, raise your leg on a couple of pillows. Keeping your leg up this way prevents swelling and reduces pain.

  • Avoid use of your leg other than gentle range of motion with your toes.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • There is pus coming from the wound.

  • There is drainage from a wound lasting longer than one day.

  • An unexplained oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C) develops.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • The wound edges break apart after sutures or staples have been removed.

  • You develop continuing nausea or vomiting.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your pain and swelling increase or pain is uncontrolled with medicine.

  • You develop new, unexplained symptoms.

  • You have trouble moving or cannot move your toes or foot, or develop warmth and swelling in your foot, or begin running an unexplained temperature.

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have a hard time breathing.

  • You develop or feel you are developing any reaction or side effects to the medicines given.