Have I torn my patellar tendon?

The patellar tendon is a strong cord of fibrous tissue that attaches the front of the knee cap to the shinbone and helps to straighten the leg.
The most common causes of damage to the patellar tendon are direct impact and falls directly onto the kneecap, particularly if you are active and do a lot of running and jumping. The patellar tendon can also become damaged if it is weak as a result of tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis or an infection.

Symptoms of a patellar tendon injury

  • Pain and tenderness in the knee
  • Bruising
  • Trouble walking
  • Knee giving way
  • Your kneecap might move up slightly

Types of patellar tendon injuries

  • Partial patellar tear.

A small or partial tear can cause difficulty walking, and might respond to physiotherapy and wearing a brace.

  • Complete tear

A total or complete tear will prevent you from being mobile. You will likely require surgery to reattach the tendon to the kneecap

Surgical treatment for a patellar tear

Your orthopaedic knee surgeon will make an incision to the front of the knee and expose the tendon. Sutures are tied to the tendon and threaded through to the patellar to secure the damaged tendon back to its normal position on the kneecap.

Recovery from patellar tendon repair surgery can take up to 6 months.

How do I book a consultation?

You can book either a face to face or virtual consultation with Mr Makrides by contacting his secretary. You can find her details here.

Appointments are available via private medical insurance or paying for yourself. Click here for the most up to date self funding fees, and here for private medical insurance information.


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