Fifty-one patients with subcutaneous rupture of the tendo calcanei Achillis were consecutively operated on with simple end-to-end suture using Bunnell's technique. The operation was performed under local anaesthesia. All patients were seen at follow-up four months after the operation. The complication rate was low compared to the ones reported in the current literature. It is concluded that operative treatment of Achilles tendon rupture performed under local anaesthesia is safe, economical and acceptable to patients.
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