Patellar Tendon Avulsion from TKR

- Discussion:
    - avulsion of the patella tendon is a serious complication that is very difficult to treat;
    - when the knee is flexed intraoperatively, the tendon insertion may be stressed to the point of partial or complete avulsion;
    - this is particularly true in patients who have had a HTO or who are undergoing revision arthroplasty, becuase scar tissue makes patella
         eversion more difficlt and the patellar tendon may be shortened;
    - extensive soft tissue release from proximal tibia, V-Y quadricepsplasty, or elevation of patellar tendon w/ bony block can be used to 
         prevent tendon avulsion and improve the exposure of the knee;
    - patellar tendon rupture is best treated with primary repair, but knee arthrodesis ultimately may be required

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:57 pm