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What's the outcome of knee cap tendon rupture?

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Dr. Arthur Christiano
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Surgery: A rupture of either the quadriceps tendon (above kneecap) or of the patella tendon (below kneecap) are both treated surgical especially if it is a complete tear. These two tendons are critical for proper knee function. They are responsible for straightening the knee.
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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Surgery required: Complete rupture of the patellar tendon (tendon that connects the knee cap or patella to the tibia) results in loss of ability to extend the knee. This requires surgical intervention by an orthopedic specialist. Recovery can take as long as 6 to 12 months and most patients return to their baseline activities but may experience some residual stiffness.
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Mostly good: Most knee cap tendon ruptures heal with return of good range of motion and strength. However, the healing process takes several months. Furthermore, there may be subtle deficits such as a little less bending, slightly less strength, and maybe a little less return of muscle bulk. But what is crystal clear is that the surgical outcomes are significantly better than non-operative care in most patient.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

I've got knee cap tendon rupture. Now what?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 40 years experience
Orthopedic exam: It is very important to see an orthopedist asap if you ruptured either your patella tendon or the quad muscle attachment to the patella, you might require surgery to correct the problem and obtain the best result.
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Last updated Jun 22, 2018
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