Quandriceps Tendon Repair

Quadriceps Tendon Repair Overview

The quadriceps tendon plays an important role in stabilizing the knee and straightening the leg. A complete quadriceps tendon tear makes it difficult to walk or even stand. The tear does not heal on its own and surgical intervention is usually recommended. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) specialist performs a quadriceps tendon repair to treat the tear and reduce symptoms so the patient can return to normal activities.

How is quadriceps tendon repair a performed?

A quadriceps tendon repair may be performed as an outpatient or overnight hospital stay procedure. Local or general anesthesia may be used. A CONA specialist:

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

Patients return home shortly after their procedure or are brought to their private hospital room.

What condition does a quadriceps tendon repair treat?

A quadriceps tendon repair is recommended for some partial tears and most complete tears. The torn tendon does not heal on its own and patients who do not undergo surgery have a hard time performing everyday movements.

What are quadriceps tendon repair advantages?

  • 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 quadriceps tendon repair recovery like?

Patients rest at home for approximately two weeks. A knee brace is worn for immobilization and protection purposes. Crutches are used to keep weight off the knee. Physical therapy is started shortly after surgery and continues throughout recovery. Strength, range of motion and flexibility are slowly regained. Complete recovery takes about 4-6 months.

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