Post Achilles tendon repair surgery small gap between tendon

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Post Achilles tendon repair surgery after 1st week I tripped and fell on my injured leg, it was quite painful at the time but lain went away. Next day had my follow up appointment and doctor noted that there is a small gap between tendons. Did not do any tests like pressing calf etc. or ultrasound just finger touched the area and sent me to get my leg back in cast for another two weeks, no angle was increased or something? is it the right way to deal with it or a bit charlatan and i should insist for the second opinion and get ultrasound done and another surgery if needed? my logic says there should be no gap at all. any advise is appreciated

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    Hi Andy ,

    Might be worth going for a other check, not saying they are wrong but its peace of mind.

    I've just recently joined the forum and going through Achilles rupture. I think with the time we have on our hands that many worrying things fly through our heads with what is up with the achilles injury it's quite exhausting.

    Hope your feeling better soon

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      Kenny thanks,

      I was sound and managed without painkillers until tripped and fell yesterday. no pain today but worried.

      At the moment I have 2 different opinions 1x nhs that put my leg back in cast for 2x weeks with a gap and independent professional advice that strongly advise ultrasound to be done and if sutures ripped etc. repair surgery to be repeated, easy within next couple weeks as all is fresh, if to leave in cast till the next follow up appointment in 2 weeks without angle being increased for non surgical healing it may be too late and there may be complications with with another repair surgery, rehabilitation etc.

      Will update on the progress in due course.

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    After 5 months of going through cast boot and physio. I knew something was wrong I'd never had a scan etc..

    I went for a private consultation to be told there's a gap in my tendon. I'm now awaiting MRI scan was told once the damage is assessed it will be operated on. I went through non surgery to begin with.

    I've changed over hospital and consultant.

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      thanks a lot Carol, that is what i am trying to avoid wasted time and extended rehab, if i would know what i know now, would have find and done my surgery in Finland, Germany etc and claim back from nhs. would not go for open surgery aswell, would go for percutaneous repair.

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      I really don't know how they're going to operate. I will find out 24th of this month. I'm really angry had they done a scan before or after the vacoped boot they would have known it wasn't healing properly. Once it's over I will put in a letter of complaint and seek legal advice. To be told that the swelling and pain was normal part of healing process. Physiotherapist must have known he stalled me by saying I needed 6months before I can do exercises. I'm dreading going through the procedure again. I hated the boot it hurt always felt too tight. Wasted my time and god knows how much scar tissue is there

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      Sorry to hear, hope you will get all sorted with the best care. Your story is very educating how not to trust or if trust consultant cross check and get second opinion to make sure they not trying to save pennies. Insist that ultrasound scan conducted early to make sure all is fine, they cost nothing.

      I am spending some time now to avoid being involved in negligence claims later as I want to be back to active life asap. Yesterday I have expressed my concerns to my consultant and shared opposite opinion of the other specialist that i spoke to. My consultant was pi..ed off and did let me understand 2-3 months here or there do not matter to them, but it actually do matter to me a lot as it means that few extra months I wont be able to work or enjoy life to full. Also I may be getting new consultant now. Looks like sh.t hit the fan.

      My tasks for early next week to find out how much nhs cover for the achilles tendon repair surgery and compare to reputable clinics price abroad, if more less within budget, get it done properly there and claim back from nhs. flights to europe cost nothing now.

      May sound selfish but I am going to try to save few pounds to nhs by punishing myself to have few months longer rehab. They waste more on the way they operate and pointless things they do.

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      I'm really so so angry how can they let physiotherapist diagnose and treat this. When I went to trauma clinic for the boot I never seen the consultant was never offered a scan. They just felt my leg I told them I'd been kicked they laughed said thats how it feels. I was at a punk night out I was kicked yet they put doubt in my mind. 6months wait 6months that's all they said.

      I paid for the private consultation was prepared to pay for MRI scan and diagnosis. I explained to the consultant I can afford the diagnosis but not the treatment. Lucky for me he does NHS work and he's swapped me over. The pain I'm going through both physically and mentally can't be compensated.

      They should do ultrasound scans before and after the boot. How can they treat us as they do? My physio I don't blame he's the pawn just following orders. He give me the hint to see my GP as he can't refer for xrays etc. Asked for 2nd opinion of the leading physio her reply you see the consultant in April it wasn't even February. NHS has a lot to answer for. My new consultant whom as I said is the 1st time I've seen one listened to me took him less than 5 mins to feel the gap in the tendon. Why?

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      I've now got the best surgeon in UK a Mr Limaye. We're all entitled to a 2nd opinion I've chosen to stay with him. I'll never go back to the hospital I went to at the beginning. Wish me luck my MRI is today x

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      Your consultant may be able to advise if you can fly.

      Beckham done his Achilles repair surgery in Finland when he was playing for AC Milan and other athletes fly to get surgeries done abroad. they travel with injuries and post surgeries,

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      best luck! hope findings will be not bad. glad you are in hands of reputable surgeon, all will be fine.

      Agree no compensation will bring back lost time and stress encountered. Don't let them get away easily, maybe next time they will think twice before making decision, improve their service and may help somebody else in the future.

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      I am not an expert, but does look a bit swollen. would be really concerned.

      I think my leg was less swollen 1 week after the surgery the next day I have put all weight on it when I fell. wish i had an option for percutaneous surgery

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      Yes I have got my plaster cast replaced last Thursday. So I took picture just before new one was put on. You waited for so long, I hope to be cycling in 3 months and running in 5.

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      I'm dreading the cast and the boot again it's medieval torture.

      Good luck please keep me updated let me know what physio you get etc.. This time I'll not be fobbed x

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      I have prearranged MRI scan and surgery abroad next week. Today need to find out how the process work to claim money back from nhs for the treatment abroad. Also I have changed my consultant in UK, so will see him later this week, based on the outcome might fly it is my leg so I want it fixed asap without c**k ups.

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      I wish I'd known you could do that on reflection I wish I'd known a lot more.

      My aim was to be up dancing around this month I thought that 6 months was my magical ending.

      I wish you all the best luck x

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      not much you can do now, look ahead, all will be ok. lesson learned double check what nhs doctors are doing, worth paying private consultation to make sure best care received. if i would be you i would definitely get in touch with negligence claims lawyers, get all the medical records about your injury, takes up to 30 days from the day hospital will receive your request in writing.

      i have got a boot today, feels so heavy and huge after plastic cast. will start careful toe touch with crutches. scan my leg early next week to see how it heals. hope all is well and 3 weeks not wasted.

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      My MRI scan showed I've still got a partial tear unfortunately until the virus is over I've to wait. My next appointment is June 30th I will be assessed again possible operation or a tendon transfer.

      I hope alls going well with you please keep safe xx

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