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Quadriceps Tendon Repair

The quadriceps tendon is very thick, and it is found at the top of the kneecap. These muscles are located at the front of the thigh. It works with the quadriceps muscles to allow a person to make their leg straight. A rupture can occur due to an injury and it is most often going to occur in middle aged or older individuals who take part in sports where running and jumping are involved.

Landing wrong or falling can result in a quadriceps tendon tear. It can also be the result of inflammation due to tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, diabetes, and renal failure. Your doctor may recommend pain medication, antibiotics, and even steroids to help with such issues. This type of tear is painful as it causes the patella to lose the support it has in the thigh. As a result, it moved towards the foot. When you stand up, your knees can buckle under you.


Seek medical care if you have any type of pain around your knee due to a fall or sports incident. Your doctor can examine the area and may ask you to submit to x-ray and an MRI. This information will help them to see where the kneecap is positioned. It will also allow them to identify the location of the quadriceps tear is one is identified.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Your doctor is going to try to help you to repair the quadriceps tendon without surgery first. This includes a brace to keep the knee in place. You may be asked to use crutches and keep weight completely off your joint. Physical therapy is typically part of the treatment to help make the knee stronger and to improve range of motion.


When such treatment doesn’t help or the tear is too severe, surgery is the next option. Most patients are able to go home the same day. The procedure is going to allow the torn tendon to be reattached to the kneecap. This is going to heal and allow the person to have normal functions from the knee again. Sutures are used and holes are drilled into the kneecap. This allows the sutures to be tied into place.


There are some risks to be aware of with a quadriceps tendon repair. They include a weak knee and the range of motion isn’t regained. The tendons may become detached again, requiring additional surgery. Infection and blood clots are also risks to be aware of. You need to give the tendons a chance to heal, so wearing brace for several months is recommended.

Following surgery a brace may be needed to protect the healing tendon. Complete healing of the tendon will take about 4 months.

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