From this BF article
John Wall wrote:“I think the difference for me is that I didn’t really rupture my Achilles all the way through, I only had a partial tear. So it’s different from what most people had in the past. I don’t have that long scar on the back of my leg; I have a baby scar.”
I wonder if Wall's surgeon used the minimally-invasive
technique pioneered by Dr. Martin O'Malley's
colleague, Dr. Andrew Elliott, of New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. I've torn both Achilles: my right tendon has the traditional 3-inch vertical zipper; my left tendon, repaired by Dr. Elliott, has a much smaller 1-inch horizontal scar.
When I visited Dr. Elliott's office in 2017, I was dazzled by all of the signed basketball and football jerseys (Durant, Kyrie, Dez Bryant, Kyle Korver, Rudy Gay) -- only to be disappointed that they were all addressed to his officemate, Dr. O'Malley, who doubles as the Nets' in-house surgeon.