Surgical and non-surgical treatment of Achilles Tendon rupture. A prospective randomized study

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1981 Mar;63(3):394-9.


One hundred and five consecutive patients with a closed acute rupture of the tendo achillis were assigned randomly for surgical or non-surgical treatment. After treatment, the patients were evaluated clinically and with static and dynamic measurements of plantar flexion strength. Only minor differences were noted between the final results in the two groups. Non-surgical treatment had the advantages of shorter morbidity and no hospital stay. The frequency of major complications was about the same in both groups of patients: two re-ruptures and two deep infections in patients who had operations as compared with five re-ruptures in the conservatively treated patients. I concluded that non-surgical treatment offers advantages over surgical treatment.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / injuries*
  • Achilles Tendon / surgery
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Random Allocation
  • Rupture