A 45-year-old female asked:
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can patella tendon pain in a knee replacement be an indication that the tendon may rupture? and will ice or heat be more beneficial

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not gonna rupture: Patellar tendon pain is not a sign that it's going to rupture. However ice the better option for helping reduce pain from patella tendinitis. I would consider also taking some oral anti-inflammatories and get physical therapy to help with this which is most effective. Your final choice to consider is platelets rich plasma injections into the patella tendon. Good luck and see your surgeon.
Answered on Feb 25, 2019
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Dr. Syed H. Sajid
28 years experience Psychiatry
Patellar Tendon pain is a sign of patellar tendinitis. Early stages may be treated conservatively with Rest, Ice, Compression and elevation. Thanks.
Nov 6, 2013
Dr. Scott Hacker
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not likely: It is rare to see a tendon rupture after a knee replacement. There is a lot of remodeling that occurs after replacement surgery. Stretching and strengthening exercises help the tendon remodel and heal after surgery. Ask your surgeon and therapist if there is anything specific you can do to help it improve.
Answered on Feb 25, 2019
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It will definitely: prolong recovery to a degree as the patellar tendon is a significant part of knee stability and mobility.
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