Patella Tendon Repair

Patella Tendon/Quadriceps Tendon Repair Overview

The patella tendon and quadriceps tendon help stabilize the knee and straighten the leg. A complete patella tendon tear or quadriceps tear make it difficult to walk or even bear weight. The tear does not heal unless surgery is performed. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) specialist performs a patella tendon or quadriceps tendon repair to treat the tear and reduce symptoms. The patient returns to normal activities with minimal to no restrictions after a quick recovery.

How is a patella tendon/quadriceps tendon repair performed?

A patella tendon repair is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Local or general anesthesia may be used. A CONA specialist:

  1. Begins surgery. Soft tissues are gently retracted, the torn tendon is exposed, tiny holes are made in the patella.
  2. Repair. Sutures are passed through the torn tendon and holes created in the patella. Gentle tension is placed on the sutures until the tendon and patella are in a perfect anatomical position. Special knots are made.
  3. Closure. The skin is carefully closed, the knee is sterilely dressed, a knee braced is placed on the knee.

The patient returns home after they are awake and alert and their discomfort is controlled.

What condition does a patella tendon/quadriceps tendon repair treat?

A patella tendon repair treats a completely torn patella tendon.

What are patella tendon/quadriceps tendon repair advantages?

Patella tendon repair advantages include:

  • 4-6 month quick recovery
  • Normal knee function with minimal to no restrictions
  • No loss in knee strength or flexibility

Patients who adhere to their CONA specialist’s advice and are dedicated to physical therapy receive the best results.

What is patella tendon/quadriceps tendon repair recovery like?

At home rest lasts approximately two weeks. A knee brace immobilizes and protects the knee. Crutches are used to get around the house. Physical therapy is started as soon as possible to speed up recovery and improve knee strength and flexibility. A CONA specialist sees the patient 2 weeks and 1, 3, and 6 months after surgery. Complete recovery takes about 4-6 months.

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