Suture anchor repair of quadriceps tendon rupture

Joshua D. Harris, Geoffrey D. Abrams, Adam B. Yanke, Michael D. Hellman, Brandon J. Erickson, Bernard R. Bach

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Quadriceps tendon rupture is an uncommon knee injury that warrants surgical treatment. Traditional surgery has been relatively successful, using trans-patellar-drilled suture repair for tendo-osseous avulsions and simple suture repair for intra-tendinous midsubstance tears. However, recent evidence has identified a unique complication previously unreported in the literature in these patients (displaced longitudinal patellar stress fracture). Suture anchor-based repair has biomechanical strength equivalent to trans-patellar-drilled repair and avoids the potential complication of postoperative fracture. A "pulley technique" with complete footprint coverage has been used for other tendinous avulsions (eg. proximal hamstring) and is described in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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