ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Neglected and repeated ruptures of the patellar tendon are fortunately an uncommon event. These ruptures are often difficult to repair because they are generally accompanied by contractures of the quadriceps muscle and extensive scar tissue formation, and clinical findings are similar regardless of whether the rupture occurred during or after total knee arthroplasty. In both cases, reconstruction is the treatment. METHODS: Here, we present data on reconstruction of the patellar tendon using our own method, which is performed in the following manner: the fascia flap shafted in the distal direction is separated from the vastus lateralis fascia of the quadriceps muscle, then folded back and fixed to the tibial tuberosity enclosing the patella in a Y shape. We used this new method in sixteen cases. All of the patients were examined clinically for an average of twenty-eight months. The Knee Society score was determined prior to surgery and on follow up. RESULTS: Both the physical and ultrasound monitoring showed that all sixteen tendons healed properly, indicating that there was no need for any further surgical interventions. The mean Knee Society pain and function scores as well as the average range of motion of the knee increased significantly after the operations. CONCLUSION: We believe that the presented method is an acceptable option for functional and biomechanical repair of the patellar tendon for the following reasons: the static balance of the knee joint remains unaltered, the quadriceps muscle is not damaged, and the central pulling direction remains steady.
The Knee 06/2012; · 1.74 Impact Factor