Patella Tendon Surgery

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Evolution of Patella Tendon Surgery

There are multiple ways to surgically treat patellar tendon ruptures depending on the location of the tear. Most of the time the tears happen at the interface of the kneecap and the tendon, but sometimes it can occur in the middle of the tendon. If the tear happens in the middle of the tendon it can simply be repaired with a thick non-absorbable suture. Tears at the tendon-bone interface are more of a challenge to clinicians. These type of tears are classically fixed with either bone tunnels to connect the tendon to the bone, or bone anchors which secure the tendon to the bone. While it is extremely rare for these injuries to be treated without surgery, some reasons for non-operative management may be seen in patients with partial tears or those too sick to undergo surgery.

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