Achilles Tendonitis: Work Leave and Reimbursement
Percutaneous surgery for Achilles tendonitis: work leave, reimbursement, and compensation explained in detail by the surgeon.
When the advanced stage of your condition requires it, Dr. Julien Lopez can propose a minimally invasive technique for the surgical treatment of your Achilles tendonitis. To do this, he performs a "combing" of your tendon to stimulate the healing of healthy tendon tissue, which will take over the inflamed portion. The goal is to eliminate daily pain and discomfort.
Following the operation for your foot condition, the specialist supports and informs you for an optimal recovery. You will also receive information about the cost of this minimally invasive surgery and the reimbursements and compensations you can expect.
Achilles Tendon Surgery: Work Leave and Expense Reimbursement
After Achilles tendon surgery, you will be prescribed work leave, and compensations will be provided by the Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie (CPAM). But what about the reimbursement of expenses incurred for consultations and the surgical operation of your tendonitis?
The cost of Achilles tendon surgery depends on the healthcare professional performing it. Surgeons belong to different convention sectors with the Health Insurance, which influences the established rates.
A healthcare professional in Convention Sector 1 cannot charge additional fees beyond the rates set by Social Security, and their fees are fully reimbursed (100%).
A specialist in Convention Sector 2 may charge additional fees, which are regulated by CPAM.
Healthcare professionals in Convention Sector 3 have more freedom in setting their consultation and medical procedure fees.
Dr. Julien Lopez is in Convention Sector 2. Therefore, he sets fees that consist of a base rate imposed by CPAM and regulated additional fees. Surgical fee overages are typically quoted directly to your health insurance provider. After receiving the quote, you can expect to be partially or fully reimbursed for these expenses, depending on the coverage provided by your health insurance plan.
The fees for consultations established by Dr. Julien Lopez are as follows:
- Initial orthopedic surgery consultation: €85-€90
- Follow-up consultation after the minimally invasive Achilles tendonitis operation: €60-€70
- Video consultation: €60-€90
Following the combined support of CPAM and your health insurance provider, the cost of Achilles tendon surgery can vary from one specialist to another. When performed by Dr. Julien Lopez, a specialist in foot and ankle pathologies, the out-of-pocket cost for a mini-operation for a partial Achilles tendon rupture averages around €300.
Achilles Tendon Rupture: Duration of Work Leave Following This Complication
One of the complications of this condition is a rupture of the Achilles tendon. The duration of work leave after this operation, as well as the amount of compensation received, depends on several factors.
Indeed, the optimal duration of sick leave after Achilles tendon surgery is carefully considered by the surgeon to allow sufficient rest for your tendon.
After Achilles tendon surgery, the duration of work leave depends on several factors, including:
- The physical demands of your job and whether you handle heavy loads in your daily professional life
- Driving and commuting time to your workplace
- The need for driving during your day or prolonged standing
- The side of the operation
- Automatic or manual vehicle
A person working in the construction sector, engaging in physical activities and lifting heavy loads daily, will not have the same duration of work leave as someone with an office job. A traveling salesperson who uses their car for long daily commutes will also require a longer leave.
The duration of work leave following an Achilles tendon rupture averages from 2 to 3 months.
Why is that? The foot is immobilized in a cast for 4 to 6 weeks to allow sufficient time for the tendon to rest. Therefore, a work leave and cessation of driving and physical activity are necessary to optimize your recovery. Neglecting this period can increase the risk of re-rupture of the Achilles tendon.
Following Achilles tendon surgery, the duration of work leave varies from individual to individual, and salary compensations also differ. They depend on several factors such as your seniority, your employment status, your salary, and the collective bargaining agreement to which your company belongs. Indeed, the waiting days and the percentage of salary to which you are entitled depend on all these factors.
Dr. Julien Lopez welcomes you for consultations in Nice and Cannes, guiding you through every step of your healthcare journey, from the initial consultation to recovery. He provides information about work leave and Achilles tendon surgery.