Well, I ruptured the other one…

Crazy, and I am surprised that my old blog is still out there! My left tendon which snapped sometime ago has been great. With that said, in the back of my mind I’ve had the fear that this day would come with my other tendon. It’s always felt a little weak compared to my surgically repaired tendon.

Since the original rupture, which occured playing basketball,I have been active in running, yoga, and any team sports I have been invited to play. The only sport I have not played was basketball.  That is until last Saturday! I have been shooting hoops at my gym for sometime, but I finally decided to get into a game. It was the very first game since the rupture and it snapped! Unbelievable!!!

Anyway, I called the same surgeon and he had me in on Monday for an appointment, repaired on Tuesday, and here I sit on Wednesday! This time around seems a lot less painful. In addition, I’m actually better off professionally and in my personal life; so the stress has been greatly reduced. Oh, and these knee scooters are great. I had crutches the first time around and they sucked! Technology wins again (even though they’ve probably been around forever)!

If anyone wants to respond or talk about their adventure, feel free to write. I hope everyone is dong well and the injury is just a bump in the road!

11 Responses to “Well, I ruptured the other one…”

  1. Oh thats unbelievable odds that you would rupture on your first time back on the court. I have ruptured both as well and know too well that sickening feeling when number two strikes. It is somewhat easier the second time around, knowing that you have come through it once is a big help. I missed out on using the scooter both times- silly me. Good luck!

  2. Thanks HWGA,

    I appreciate the response. It was kind of funny when the second one gave away. There was no pain, just an itemized list immediately emerging in my head to start the healing process.

    Once you feel that pop once, you never forget. There was no confusion, just clarity for what lies ahead. Sorry about missing the scooter. I have not left my house yet, bt just getting from A to B in the house is a lot easier. If I didn’t have a problem with being in public and not being 100 percent, I could probably do pretty much anything with the scooter.

    Sounds like you are already through the process. Good luck with everything else!

  3. Since so much time has gone by between your ruptures and using this blog, I was wondering if you see any changes in treatment, protocols, technology, etc…between the first rupture and now…it was what, 6 full years ago?

    Would love to hear your take on that.

    thanks in advance!

  4. I’ve only read a few posts, but it seems like there is still a lot of diversity on recovery timelines and treatments. I was lucky enough to find this blog before seeing a doctor some 6 years ago. The blog taught me about the different treatments/recovery strategies and provided the insight needed to select the right surgeon (more aggressive being the right way in my opinion).

    My surgeon appears to be well respected with his affiliation and appointments within several medical associations. He told me that not a lot has changed in regards to this procedure. He did mention that there have been some advancements for non-sugical solutions, but he recommended surgery in my case. So we didn’t really get into the non-surgical. However, I think those solutions were more designed for sedentary or elderly individuals.

    From what I can tell, this blog remains a great reference for individuals going through this life altering event. During my original rupture, the words of people in my real life rang hollow when discussing the future. This site provided real insight, support, and knowledge from individuals going through the same process.

    The short answer to your question is no. It seems you have surgery–>cast vs. boot debate–> pt–> take on activities as you feel comfortable. So the options are still the same, but maybe I’ve noticed a greater percentage of people putting weight and participating in ROM exercises at an earlier stage.

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read much about your story (I plan to). With that said, I hope you are doing well and have a great evening!

  5. it has been five years since I ruptured my left Achilles playing basketball. Took 4 years off from playing ball again but made it back on the court. Had a good run for the past year. The surgically repaired tendon felt strong but the right one did not. Despite really “babying” the right Achilles it eventually ruptured about 4 weeks ago while playing. Too high for surgery this time so going the non surgical route. Going with all the gadgets this time, didn’t use any the first time. Highly recommend the roller foot, despite a couple of awkward tumbles :). Have the boot now with an extremely high heel lift. Still hate using crutches on stairs…did anyone try the flexleg? Curious if it works well

  6. SecondtimeRound,

    Non-surgical, that is interesting. Did you really not have a choice? What is the timeline or steps for your recovery?

    I find it amazing that your achilles will somehow fix itself without surgery. How was it explained to you?

    Hope your recovery treats you well and have a great evening!

  7. Yikes - so sorry for both of you. I just got my repair done a few days ago after a bball induced rupture. I really want to be able to play again without fear of re-rupture or rupturing the other one. Does anyone know what can be done besides normal strengthening and stretching to help prevent this? Are there braces that can be worn (like the ankle sprain preventing lace up kind)? I did a little searching and didn’t find much.

  8. Damn, sorry! We all probably have the fear of rupturing the other one. I did mine in 2011 playing tennis and I started playing again in 2012, but I am always fearful of rupturing the other one. Those scooters are great, I hated crutches.
    You can see in my blog that I pushed the limits to the max and got in shoes in about 8 weeks, but probably not recommended for all. I say push yourself as much as you can, but just be careful on every step.

  9. Did your surgeon ever suggest doing a preventative surgery on your other leg? My surgeon wants to do an achilles lengthening/strengthening surgery on my other leg (recovering from rerupture surgery).

  10. Hello Diane,

    No, that was never presented as an option. Sorry I am no help, as my situation may be a bit different.

    I do wish you good luck with everything moving forward and have a good day!

  11. I’ve never heard of preventative surgery. Would the recovery process be better than a repair after a tear? If it’s similar I would not see the benefit in doing it. Anyways so sorry to hear about you tearing your other tendon. It is crazy though, I can hear (read) the difference in your outlook on this injury vs someone who just sustained this injury for the first time. Great outlook! Courtney Kupets an olympic gymnast also tore both her achilles 4 years apart and she went back to gymnastics after both tears.

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