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



A surgical procedure performed to repair a torn quadriceps tendon. An incision is made above the kneecap 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 patella for suture passage to reinforce a repair of a tear near the kneecap. The free ends of the tendon are brought together and secured by tying together sutures from either end of the torn tendon.

Common Questions about Quadriceps Tendon Repair

What is the surgical protocol for a quadriceps tendon repair?

The quadriceps tendon connects the patella (kneecap) to the femur and plays an important role in straightening the leg.

Are there non-surgical options to repair a quadriceps tendon?

If the quadriceps tendon is only partially torn, it is possible to treat it with physical therapy and immobilization.

When is a quadriceps tendon repair necessary?

A quadriceps tendon repair is necessary if the tendon is fully torn or has a large partial tear.

What is the surgical protocol for a quadriceps tendon repair?

A quadriceps tendon repair is performed by making an incision above the kneecap, suturing the ends of the tendon, and securely tying them together. If needed, the repair can be reinforced by passing sutures through small holes drilled into the patella.

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