Debridement and Repair: the damaged part of the achilles tendon is removed and the remaining tendon is repaired with sutures.
Debridement with Tendon Transfer: removal of the damaged achilles tendon is required and the remaining portion of the tendon is not strong enough to function independently. To prevent the remaining tendon from rupturing, a tendon transfer is performed. The tendon that helps the big toe point down is moved to the heel bone to add strength to the damaged tendon. Sometimes an implant made of synthetic or human tissue will be placed to support the tendon.