Quadriceps and Patella Tendon Repair
The quadriceps and patellar tendons are commonly used structures that help straighten the knee and kick our legs by working together. These tendons are made of thick, fibrous tissues that are usually resilient to injuries. However, a quadriceps or patellar tendon rupture may occur from falling on a partially bent knee and is most common in middle-aged adults.
A fully severed tendon can lead to dislocation of the patella and the inability to perform a straight leg raise or walk. In all cases, the knee joint will swell significantly.
Treatment for a quadriceps and patellar tendon rupture involves surgical repair of the torn tendons. This involves a small incision and small suture anchors (screws) or drill holes through the patella to reapproximate and hold the tendon in its anatomic position against the bone. This procedure usually takes about an hour to perform.
After surgery, the knee is typically placed in a brace to prevent the knee to bend and loosen the repair. Complete recovery and tendon healing should occur in 4-5 months.