Quadriceps Tendon Rupture Surgery
A quadriceps tendon rupture is a tear of the tendon of the major leg extensor (rectus femoris), usually close to its insertion at the superior pole of the patella.
A quadriceps tendon rupture occurs relatively infrequently and usually occur in athletes older than 40 years. Injuries to the quadriceps tendon can be very disabling. They can cause significant loss of time from sport and work.
Two Types of Tendon Ruptures
Quadriceps tendon ruptures are in two main types:Partial and complete tears. Treatment for each is vastly different.Partial tears can sometimes be treated non-operatively.
If the patient is able to do a straight-leg raise and have good strength with this physical exam finding. In this case, treatment should start immediately with immobilization of the leg in full extension (out straight) for a short period of time. Then range of motion exercises are started at between 3-6 weeks from the injury. After six weeks, quadriceps strengthening is begun. Generally, after 10-12 weeks the injury has healed. The patient may resume normal activities after they have full range of motion and quadriceps strength. This can be anywhere from 3-6 months after the injury.