Quadriceps Tendon Repair
Quadriceps Tendon Repair Surgeon
Middle-aged people who participate in sports that involve jumping and running are prone to quadriceps tendon rupture that may occur by a fall, direct blow to the leg or land on the leg awkwardly from a jump. Quadriceps tendon repair surgeon, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-operative and operative treatment plans in Minneapolis. He also provides highly specialized care during and after the repair. Contact Dr. Okoroha's team for an appointment today!
What is Quadriceps Tendon?
Quadriceps tendon is a thick tissue located at the top of the kneecap. The quadriceps tendon works together with the quadriceps muscles to allow us to straighten our leg. The quadriceps muscles are the muscles located in front of the thigh.
Quadriceps tendon rupture most commonly occurs in middle-aged people who participate in sports which involve jumping and running. Quadriceps tear occurs by a fall, direct blow to the leg and when you land on your leg awkwardly from a jump. Other causes include tendonitis (inflammation of quadriceps tendon), diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus, and infection which weakens the quadriceps tendon. Use of medications such as steroids and some antibiotics also weakens the quadriceps tendon.
Dr. Okoroha has extensive training in quadriceps tendon repair and provides this service for patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.
Symptoms of Quadriceps Tendon
When the quadriceps tendon tear, the patella may lose its anchoring support in the thigh, as a result, the patella moves towards the foot. You will be unable to straighten your knee and upon standing the knee buckles upon itself.
Diagnosis of quadriceps Tendon
To identify a quadriceps tendon tear, Dr. Okoroha will ask about your medical history and perform a physical examination of your knee. Some imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI scan may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. X-ray of the knee is taken to know the position of the kneecap and MRI scan to know the extent and location of the tear.
Treatment of quadriceps Tendon
Quadriceps tendon tear can be treated by non-surgical and surgical methods. Non-surgical treatment involves the use of knee braces to immobilize the knee. Crutches may be needed to prevent the joint from bearing weight. Physical therapy may be recommended to restore the strength and increase range of motion of the knee.
Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis; it cannot be repaired arthroscopically since the tendon is outside the joint. The goal of the surgery is to re-attach the torn tendon to knee cap and to restore the normal function of the knee. Sutures are placed in the torn tendon which is then passed through the holes drilled in the knee cap. The sutures are tied at the bottom of the knee cap to pull the torn edge of the tendon back to its normal position.
Surgical complications include weakness and loss of motion. In some cases, the tendon which is re-attached may detach from the knee cap or re-tears may also occur. Other complications such as pain, infection and blood clot may be observed.
After the Surgery
Following surgery, a brace may be needed to protect the healing tendon. Complete healing of the tendon will take about 4 months.
If you would like to have additional information on treatment of quadriceps tendon tear or would like to learn more about quadriceps tendon repair, please contact the office of Dr. Okoroha, quadriceps tendon repair surgeon serving the communities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.