Dr. Mark Drakos leads Hospital for Special Surgery study on Achilles tendon repair

Practice Management

Orthopedic surgeon Mark Drakos, MD, is spearheading a Hospital for Special Surgery study on the effect of blood flow restriction therapy after Achilles tendon rupture and repair.

Four things to know:

1. Patients typically take a year to return to sport after undergoing Achilles surgery, but the BFR therapy study is aiming to reduce the recovery time by at least 30 percent.

2. The study is recruiting 60 patients who will undergo Achilles tendon repair surgery by Dr. Drakos.

3. Half of the patients will receive BFR therapy and half will receive standard rehabilitation therapy.

4. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society's Research Committee awarded an $18,000 grant to the New York City-based health system to fund the study.

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