As an update for anyone experiencing the same thing:
There are two types of repair:
- Self attachment - The leg is put in a position for the tendon to graft itself, then progressively moved towards a foot neutral position before rehab begins.
- Surgical attachment - Tendon is sutured together.
Option #2 is recommended if you want to regain the full function/mobility, as #1 may or may not restore full function. However, the older you are, the more they push towards #1 (I was 45 at the time). I chose #2.
Rehab is a minimum of a year. I was able to start running within about 5 months of the surgery. What they are most concerned about is landing toes first with full weight, and using the calf/achilles to land. So, no jumping style kicks for a minimum of a year. Non weight bearing for 8-12 weeks, and then very slow, cautious use of the leg in various rehab exercises. Biggest concern is sudden landing on the foot, so as such, was in a boot for nearly 3 months.
Side effects - Foot has to be retrained to walk straight, calf wasting, binding of skin/tissue at scar site.
I was fairly lucky, in that I was able to regain 100% mobility and function. I pursued rehab as if I were getting 1 on 1 coaching/training, and did everything I was supposed to (Plus a little more, don't tell my surgeon). Nearly 2 years after completing surgery and rehab, I am back to full competition, although I am still cautious on some drills such as the jump switch/kick combo.