Jim's procedure went well. The nerve block in his leg took 15 minutes, the actual repair of the tendon was about 35 minutes. Have you ever had a nerve block in your leg? They use ultrasound to visualize the nerve. Then they stick a 4 inch needle in to the leg using the ultrasound to determine when the needle is approaching the nerve. There was a lot of fishing the needle back and forth, looking for the nerve. Before the anesthesiologist did that, he gave Jim a pretty good whack of happy juice in the IV. It's unfortunate that I did not get a picture of that needle. But wait! The internet has a picture. The nerve block was in addition to general anesthesia.
The surgeon said that the Achilles was totally ruptured. He believes he made a good repair and is happy with the results.
Jim has a gigundo bandage on his surgical foot and leg. That stays on until November 24, then he gets a hard cast. There will be 2 to 3 weeks in the cast. Then there will be the beginning of weight bearing in a boot. This will be will Jim's position for at least the next three days. One must elevate to keep the swelling down.
He's doing well. With the nerve block in place there is currently no pain. Tomorrow should be interesting.