The patellar tendon connects the kneecap (patella) to the shin bone (tibia) and is one of the structures that allows the knee to straighten. The tendon has the ability to tear, an injury usually sustained when jumping and landing in an awkward position, sometimes resulting in a twisted knee. A torn patellar tendon usually will not heal well on its own and requires surgery.
Our orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills are leading experts in their field and formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of knee conditions. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. They also benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the very latest patellar tendon surgery procedures.
Most patients who have suffered a torn patellar tendon are found to have abnormal tendon tissue consistent with chronic tendinosis. The tear usually occurs in an area where the tendon is the weakest and has poor blood flow caused by chronic disease. A recent surgery on the knee, causing tendon weakening, can also result in a tear.
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Patellar Tendon Surgery Procedure
Once a clinical examination has been performed on the patient and a patellar tendon tear has been diagnosed, the orthopedic surgeon can perform patellar tendon surgery. The patient will be placed under general or regional anesthesia. The surgeon will then perform a procedure in which the torn ends of the tendon are sewn together, paying close attention to the fact that the tendon must have proper tension and not be too tight or too loose. If the tendon has been torn off the bone, the stitches used to repair the tendon may be attached through the bone.
Patellar Tendon Surgery Recovery
Recovering from a patellar tendon surgery requires time and takes commitment from the patient. Mobility soon after surgery, approved strengthening exercises and taking care not to exert excessive stress on the repair will help to speed up recovery. It will take 3 months until it’s possible to return to normal daily activities and 4-6 months until sports can be resumed. Though most patients will recover well from patellar tendon surgery, long–term weakness is a possibility.
Patellar Tendon Surgery FAQ’s
Q: Can steroid use weaken the patellar tendon?
A: Yes. Using medications like corticosteroids and anabolic steroids has been linked to increased muscle and tendon weakness.
Q: Which chronic diseases can weaken the patellar tendon?
A: Chronic diseases that disrupt the blood supply including: Chronic renal failure, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes mellitus.
Q: What complications might be associated with patellar tendon surgery?
A: The most common complications associated with patellar tendon repair include weakness and loss of motion. Sometimes a re-tear can occur. Complications could also arise from infection, blood clots and anesthesia.
Q: Will I be able to go back to my job after patellar tendon surgery?
A: Most patients regain motion that is equal to their uninjured leg and are able to return to their previous occupations.
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La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills features some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when performing patellar tendon surgeries. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons, call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our contact form.
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