Now Offering Florida OrthoCare Telemedicine Virtual Visits

Patellar Tendon Repair

Patellar Tendon Repair Surgeon in Palm Beach Gardens & Wellington

Patellar tendon repair is the surgery performed to reattach the torn tendon to the kneecap and to restore normal function in the affected leg. Patellar tendon surgeon, Chadwick B. Hampton, M.D., provides diagnosis and individualized non-operative and operative treatment plans in Palm Beach Gardens & Wellington. Chadwick B. Hampton, M.D. also provides highly specialized care during and after the repair. Contact Chadwick B. Hampton, M.D.’s team for an appointment today!

What is Patellar Tendon Repair?

Patellar tendon repair is the surgery performed to reattach the torn tendon to the kneecap and to restore normal function in the affected leg. 

Patellar Tendon Rupture

Patella tendon rupture is the rupture of the tendon that connects the patella (kneecap) to the top portion of the tibia (shinbone). The patellar tendon works together with the quadriceps muscle and the quadriceps tendon to allow your knee to straighten out.

When the patellar tendon tears, the patella may lose its support; as a result, when the quadriceps muscle contracts, the patella may move up into the thigh. You are unable to straighten your knee and upon standing, the knee buckles upon itself. In addition to this, you may experience pain, swelling, tenderness, a tearing or popping sensation, bruising and cramping.

A patellar tendon tear can be a partial or a complete tear. In a partial tear, some of the fibers in the tendon are torn, but the soft tissue is not damaged. In a complete tear, the soft tissues are disrupted into two pieces.

Treatment of Patellar Tendon Rupture

Patellar tendon rupture can be treated by non-surgical and surgical methods. Non-surgical treatment involves the use of braces or splints to immobilize the knee. Physical therapy may be recommended to restore the strength and increase the range of motion of the knee.

Patellar Tendon Repair Procedure

The goal of the surgery is to reattach the torn tendon to the kneecap and to restore normal function in the affected leg. The procedure is performed under regional or general anesthesia and an incision is made on the front of the knee to expose the tendon rupture. Holes are made in the patella, strong sutures are tied to the tendon and then threaded through these holes. These sutures pull the torn edge of the tendon back to its normal position on the kneecap.

Severe damage can make the patellar tendon very short, and in such cases, reattachment will be difficult. Chadwick B. Hampton, M.D. may attach a tissue taken from a donor (allograft) to lengthen the tendon.

Recovery following Patellar Tendon Repair

Following surgery, a brace may be needed to protect the healing tendon. Complete healing of the tendon will take about 6 months.

Risks and Complications of Patellar Tendon Repair 

As with all surgeries, patella tendon repair may be associated with certain risks and complications. Complications after the repair may include infection, blood clot, weakness, loss of motion, detachment from the kneecap or retears. 

If you would like to have additional information on the treatment of patellar tendon rupture or would like to learn more about patellar tendon repair, please contact the office of Chadwick B. Hampton, M.D., patellar tendon surgeon serving the communities of Palm Beach Gardens & Wellington.

How We Can Help You?

Meniscal Tears Picture

Meniscal Tears

What Are Meniscal Tears? Meniscal tears affect the knee and may involve torn cartilage. These are also called meniscus tears. The most common sign there could be a meniscal tear may be from pain in the region. A meniscal tear is one of the more common types of injuries of the knee, but most commonly …

Scoliosis Picture

Scoliosis

Understanding Scoliosis Scoliosis is an important orthopedic condition for parents to be aware of with their child as millions of people in America currently are living with it. Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine that results in having an abnormal curvature. Instead of a straight spine, the spine of someone with scoliosis’ would appear …

Hip Pain Picture

Hip Pain

Understanding Hip Pain and Treatment Many people experience hip pain from time to time, especially if they lead an active lifestyle. A good deal of walking and hiking while on vacation or rushing to finish chores over the holidays can lead to a sore hip. People experience pain from overdoing it. Known as an “overuse …

View All

South Florida’s Top Orthopaedic Specialists and Surgeons

We'd love to hear from you

Contact Us

Copyright ® 2021 www.florthocare.com. Designed by Accountable Web Designs. Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions | Sitemap