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Is patellar tendonitis after ACL surgery common?

Is patellar tendonitis after ACL surgery common?

Varies: It does vary somewhat. Anterior knee pain is more common if the graft was taken from the patellar tendon itself as opposed to the hamstring or an allograft. I would let your surgeon know you are having problems. ...Read more

Dr. Allen Lu
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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


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How can I treat patellar tendonitis after ACL surgery?

How can I treat patellar tendonitis after ACL surgery?

See details: You can treat it by consulting with the surgeon who did the ACL repair and following his/her advice. ...Read more

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How to treat patellar tendonitis after ACL surgery?

How to treat patellar tendonitis after ACL surgery?

This is common: It is very common for someone to have this after surgery. It occurs more often with autogenous PT grafts. Ice often, stretch you hamstrings, do cross-friction massage in area that is most tender, take some NSAID's as needed, do stim at PT, try Ketoprofen skin patches and just wait. If is has been longer than 18months, then consider trying a PRP injection. 14% of patients can have it long term. ...Read more

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I have patellar tendonitis. Under what conditions is surgery necessary?

I have patellar tendonitis. Under what conditions is surgery necessary?

Fail to respond: If you are not responding to conservative treatment with med, physical therapy, patella strap after few months, surgery may be necessary but in rare instances. Your doctor can recommend for you if it is time. ...Read more

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Should I have surgery right away for patellar tendonitis with slight tear or just rest for a few months?

Should I have surgery right away for patellar tendonitis with slight tear or just rest for a few months?

Wait: Surgery is only indicated for patients who have failed a thorough course of non-operative care. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon to understand your best treatment decisions. ...Read more

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Nervous for ACL surgery with patellar graft, what to do?

Nervous for ACL surgery with patellar graft, what to do?

Many graft choices: The latest multicenter level I clinical trials confirm that both allograft (donated cadaveric frozen tissue) and autograft (your own tisse; e.g., patellar BTB or hamstring, etc.) do very well for providing excellent outcomes for the unstable ACL deficient knee. Allografts have no harvest site morbidity. Discuss both options with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Had an ACL surgery 6weeks back. There is still considerable supra patellar swelling. Extension lag is 30 deg. When I can get full extension?

Had an ACL surgery 6weeks back. There is still considerable supra patellar swelling. Extension lag is 30 deg. When I can get full extension?

ACL surgery: Following ACL surgery and bone patellar tendon bone (BPTB) autograft it is not unusual to have post operative swelling from the graft site. I am concerned that you have a 30 degree extension lag and I would consult with your surgeon to ensure that there has been no injury to the patella, patella tendon and that your brace (if you are using one) is not locked in a flexion setting. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel resistance at the patella when bending after 3 weeks of an ACL reconstruction surgery?

No: Tightness over the patella with bending most often represents fluid within the joint (effusion). Typically the knee no longer swells after 3 weeks, so this may be from associated damage to the knee such as cartilage defects or meniscus tears. The range of causes is too wide, so it would be best to ask your surgeon! ...Read more

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I had ACL reconstruction surgery and my surgeon said that my patella tendon graft was too long. Is that bad? Can someone explain how he fixed it?

Acl: Not sure exactly but if the graft was "too long" the knee may end up loose. I'm not sure what he meant by "too long" because I have never seen that before. If the surgery was completed I am convinced that your knee will do well ...Read more

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Hi, I had a ACL surgery Patellar tendon (Autograft) on Mar26 which is closely 4months by now. Now I am noticing some swelling on the right knee.

Hi, I had a ACL surgery Patellar tendon (Autograft) on Mar26 which is closely 4months by now. Now I am noticing some swelling on the right knee.

Reevaluation: Swelling can occur especially after a physically taxing day. If it does not improve, recommend notifying your orthopedic surgeon for followup visit. NSAIDs may be taken to help with reducing swelling ...Read more

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8 months ago I had ACL surgery, I did the patellar tendon way, I went to play soccer today and I felt something weird on the left side of my knee, help?

8 months ago I had ACL surgery, I did the patellar tendon way, I went to play soccer today and I felt something weird on the left side of my knee, help?

Patella pain ACL: It is not uncommon to have pain in the front of your knee after knee surgery especially. The muscles around might of become less flexible and the soft tissue hold the patella in place might of become tighter. I would take mild anti-inflammatories, start a good hamstring and quadriceps stretching program. Ice your knee. As well as contact your surgeon to see what else he wants you to do. ...Read more

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G-daughter had 2 knee surgeries n < a yr 2 fix dislocated knee cap still limited n using knee w/o pain now has patellar tendonitis what % 4 future use?

G-daughter had 2 knee surgeries n < a yr 2 fix dislocated knee cap still limited n using knee w/o pain now has patellar tendonitis what % 4 future use?

Refer to answer: Usually patella tendonitis is due muscle power disproportion. Unfortunately what most physical therapist concentrate on quad exercise. Buy a pair of ankle weights of 20 lbs. Put it on her ankle. Lie on stomach and do back ward leg exercises 100 set per day. Twice a day each time for 15 minutes put ice pack on patella tendon. Cold lazer three secession helps it tremendously. ...Read more

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I had ACL reconstruction both knees- 2005 Left and 2009 right. Both are torn again 100%. Doctor suggests new surgeries by taking tendons from patella.

I had ACL reconstruction both knees- 2005 Left and 2009 right. Both are torn again 100%. Doctor suggests new surgeries by taking tendons from patella.

ACL tears: Its unfortunate that both are once again torn. You need the ACL for joint stability otherwise you will have to wear a knee stabilizer. I think repeat surgery is a reasonable option. You will have to be extremely careful once this is done. ...Read more

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Tore my ACL 6years ago &now have a non displaced tibial plateau fracture & patella tendonitis - will I need surgery or what is best for recovery?

Tore my ACL 6years ago &now have a non displaced tibial plateau fracture & patella tendonitis - will I need surgery or what is best for recovery?

Orthopedist: Both conditions probably can be treated without surgery but an orthopedic surgeon is best to advise you, treat you and followup. ...Read more

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What can I do about patellar tendonitis?

Quad stretching: Simple quadriceps stretching (statically bringing ankle via flexed knee toward buttocks while standing) with help alleviate the pain and inflammation from patellar tendinitis. Physical therpay may help with this. Nsaids may also be of benefit. Limiting the activity that caused the tendinitis is also important to obtain efficient healing. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat patellar tendonitis?

What can I do to treat patellar tendonitis?

RICE it.: The proper treatment of tendonitis is “r.I.C.E.” or rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest includes avoiding the activity or overuse that led to the tendonitis. Once resolved, stretching and strengthening of the affected area can slowly resume. ...Read more

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How do you treat severe patellar tendonitis?

Multiple modalities: Typically a patient must rest and ice and take anti-inflammatories. Physical therapy with eccentric strengthening of the tendon is essential to return to pain free activity. I prescribe electric stimulation and ultrasound therapy to my patients who have severe recalcitrant tendonitis. ...Read more

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How serious is a patellar tendonitis injury?

Depends: The seriousness of patellar tendonitis injury depends on how it affects your function. If your activities are not affected then it is not too serious, but if you are substantially hampered then it is more serious. ...Read more

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What can/should I not do with patellar tendonitis?

What can/should I not do with patellar tendonitis?

See an orthopedist: You should see an orthopedist and have the knee evaluated. Exercises and NSAIDs may help. Physical therapy can also be useful. ...Read more

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Do u think crutches would be helpful with patellar tendonitis?

Do u think crutches would be helpful with patellar tendonitis?

Avoid crutches: If your injury is recent it may be reasonable to use for the first few days to allow the area to rest and avoid putting a load on a tendon. After first 5-7days it is usually unnecessary. Consider a patellar knee strap as well. See a sports specialist if it doesn't improve on its on or consider a virtual consult for more information. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What are some ways of helping to treat, heal patellar tendonitis?

Inflammation: Overuse injuries respond best with rest, ice and nsaids. Therapy helps with strengthening and range of motion. ...Read more

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I work as an emt 12 hrs a day with the patellar tendonitis. Any reccomendations?

RICE: Unfortunately your job probably has you repetitively kneeling and on your feet quite a bit which may exacerbate an already existing tendinitis. Ideally you want to rest from the repetitive activity but if you cannot then you may want to consider a pt program to balance the patellar tracking mechanism in addition to a patellar band, orthotics, and an anti-inflammatory (if tolerated). ...Read more

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Does patellar tendonitis show up in mris?

Does patellar tendonitis show up in mris?

Yes/No: If its acute tendonitis you might see it on MRI as inflammation of the ligament. If its not acute it may show up as chronic tearing in the areas. ...Read more

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Can patellar tendonitis cause cysts to form?

Can patellar tendonitis cause cysts to form?

No direct link known: No direct link between patellar tendinitis and cyst formation is known. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes
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Patellar Tendonitis (Definition)

Chronic inflammation of the patella tendon, commonly known as "jumper's knee"/ typical treatment options consist of rice, antiinflammatories, physical thearpy, counterbrace supports, massage, injections... For more info http://drmarkgalland. ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more