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Proximal Quadriceps Tendon Repair
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



A surgical procedure performed to repair a torn quadriceps tendon from the pelvis. An incision at the proximal thigh and the torn tendon is exposed and inspected. Several sutures are passed through free ends of the tendon. Small holes can be drilled in the pelvis for anchor placement and sutures are passed through the free ends of the torn tendon. The sutures are tied down to the anchors and reduce the tendon to bone.

Common Questions about Proximal Quadriceps Tendon Repair

What is a proximal quadriceps tendon tear?

The proximal quadriceps tendon originates at the pelvis and is necessary to flex the hip and straighten the knee.

What are symptoms of a proximal quadriceps tendon tear?

Symptoms of a proximal quadriceps tendon tear include weakness, cramping, tenderness, and inability to flex the hip.

What is the surgical procedure like?

Surgery is not typically required for a proximal quadriceps tendon tear unless it is torn directly off of the bone in an elite level athlete. Surgery involves drilling holes into the pelvis bone and sutures from the tendon are anchored into the holes.

What is the recovery process like?

Patients will us crutches for several weeks followed by physical therapy. The entire recovery takes 4 to 6 months.

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