Achilles rupture: Surgical vs Non-Surgical management

Friday December 1st


Early Bird (before Nov 3): $150 +GST

After Nov 3: $200 +GST

Seminar outline

This four-hour seminar will tackle the evolving topic of Achilles Rupture management.  The three expert presenters Mr Andrew Oppy, Tom McKenzie and Prof. Peter Malliaras will cover themes including pathophysiology of rupture, surgical vs non-surgical decision making, surgical procedure, surgical vs non-surgical immobilisation protocols, and surgical vs non-surgical rehabilitation.

Mr Andrew Oppy

Andrew Oppy is an orthopaedic surgeon with a specific interest in the orthopaedic management of all trauma injuries (fractures) and their sequelae.

Andrew grew up and attended school in Melbourne before finishing his medical degree at Monash University in 2000. He became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons after the completion of his Orthopaedic Surgery training with the Australian Orthopaedic Association. In addition, Andrew completed 2 further years of fellowship training in orthopaedic trauma surgery, limb reconstruction, and pelvic/hip trauma surgery in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Tom McKenzie

Tom is a podiatrist working in private practice on the Mornington Peninsula. He has a strong MSK focus and takes a particular interest in the management of acute foot and ankle injuries, spending the past 5 years working within a private foot and ankle fracture clinic as part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of an orthopaedic surgeon, physiotherapists, podiatrists and an ultrasonographer. Tom is endorsed for scheduled medicines and takes a keen interest in ultrasound of the foot and ankle for both diagnostic and interventional purposes.

Prof. Peter Malliaras

Peter Malliaras is a physiotherapist and researcher from Melbourne, Australia focusing on the problem of tendinopathy. Currently, he is a Professor at Monash University Physiotherapy Department and involved in multiple tendinopathy research projects in Australia and internationally. His research focuses on understanding pain and neuromuscular impairments, and clinical trials testing the efficacy of exercise and other interventions in tendinopathy. Peter maintains a strong clinical focus, consulting to people with difficult tendinopathy presentations.

Run times

2.00pm Welcome and introductions
2.05pm Andrew Oppy: Pathophysiology, surgical vs non-surgical decision making, and the surgical approach
3.05pm Tom McKenzie: Surgical vs non-surgical Immobilisation protocols, immobilization technology, early rehabilitation & podiatric management
4.05pm Short break
4.20pm Peter Malliaras: Assessment and rehabilitation post immobilization – surgical vs non-surgical
5.20pm Panel discussion and Q&A –  including patient experience