Surgery May Not Be Needed for Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Review found equal long-term recovery in patients who followed specific rehab program

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"So I would say that for low-demand patients who are not required to get back to work quickly, nonsurgical treatment is a good way to go," Barber said. "But for others, surgery is a legitimate and well-thought-of option. And this study helps me lead the kind of decision-making process that's needed when considering these two choices."

As far as cost comparisons between surgical and nonsurgical treatment, Barber said costs vary so much from hospital to hospital that it's impossible to say which would be morefor any given patient.

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For more about Achilles tendon injury, visit the health information site at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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