Quadriceps Tendon Surgery

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Evolution of Quadriceps Tendon Surgery

A quadriceps tendon repair involves reattaching the tendon to its native insertion on the patella (kneecap). There are a number of techniques that allow for successful repair. One of oldest repair techniques is to sew thick sutures into the torn tendon and pass them through bone tunnels in the patella. Newer techniques include using suture anchors which can be screwed into the kneecap and sewn into the damaged tendon to facilitate repair. Classically, large incisions are used for repairs which portends an increased risk for wound-healing complications, infection, and scarring.

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