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What's the outcome of knee cap tendon rupture?
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Dr. Arthur Christiano
Sports Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Christiano
Dr. Arthur Christiano
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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Purchase
Dr. Robert Purchase
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