Achilles Tendonosis Surgery, is it THAT bad?

by Lisa

I am a 49 yr old female and have achilles tendonosis dx. by MRI and physical exam.

I have had PT/ice therapy/non steriodials/rest.

There is a huge lump on my ankle that is very painful!!

The orthopedist told me that the surgery is very painful. I should come back when I can't walk!!!

Is the surgery that bad??

Thanks you


Joshua Answers:

Hi Lisa.

A big lump, you say! Ouch.

So if you have Tendonosis, you have a couple of things going on.

You have degeneration of the tendon, cell death due to starvation. Not enough blood and nutrition delivered to the cells.

So cells die away and the body can't heal it very well, again, not enough nutrition delivery/uptake.

You also have scar tissue build up.

The body does try to repair itself. You end up with a helter skelter conglomeration of scar tissue that continually lays down, trying trying trying to heal the wound, cover the holes.

But it's full of holes itself, so more scar tissue lays down, on top of and amongst the dying cells.

A slow but problematic progression.

So is Achilles Tendonitis surgery, or Achilles Tendonosis surgery that bad?

Well, it all depends on how much degraded tissue there is, how much tissue needs to be cut off, cut away, ground away until 'healthy' tissue is reached.

How big is your lump? How deep is the degradation? How much distance does the degradation cover?

True Achilles Tendonitis is bad enough.
Add in tendonosis injury, and time, and not-the-best nutrition and/or exercise habits, and or something like diabetes.....

I don't know if it's better to have surgery now or to wait until it's so bad you can't walk.

Cut now and hope it heals back now, or cut more later and hope it heals back....

I'm about to start working on 'The Achilles Tendonitis Treatment That Works' DVD, but that's not available to you now. (It will include Tendonosis)

Were I you I would immediately learn How To Reduce Inflammation and Ice Massage that lump and the surrounding area a lot and all day long!

I would increase my protein intake, start taking my tolerance of Magnesium for Tendonitis, and massage the whole area frequently to relax the muscle and connective tissue structures so they stop putting so much pull on the tendon.

Also, feel free to ask me any other questions that
you have, any time.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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