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Feb 13, 2014 7:29 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Radical new surgery used to fix Achilles tendon ruptures

There's a radical new surgery being used to fix one of the most common sports injuries, an Achilles tendon rupture.

The achilles tendon is a large cord that connects the back of the calf to the heel bone.

It's one of the strongest tendons in the body, but also one of the most vulnerable to injury.

"There's a portion of it that doesn't have that much blood supply, so there's a watershed area of the Achilles tendon that predisposes it to rupturing," said Dr. Karen Evans, a Surgeon.

Usually it's simple to fix, but for five percent of patients, there are complications. Now, doctors are taking tissue from the thigh and transplanting it onto the back of the heal.

The surgery is complex. It can take six to eight hours, but after six months of physical therapy, patients could come back with more function.

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