Updated: 10/9/2017

Quadriceps Tendon Rupture Repair

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Preoperative Patient Care

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Outpatient Evaluation and Management

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Obtain focused history and performs focused exam

  • concomitant and associated orthopaedic injuries
  • differential diagnosis and physical exam tests

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Interprets required diagnostic studies

  • radiographs
  • AP
  • lateral
  • look for patella baja
  • look for interruption of the quadriceps soft tissue tendon shadow
  • oblique
  • merchant view

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Makes informed decision to proceed with operative treatment

  • documents failure of nonoperative management
  • describes accepted indications and contraindications for surgical intervention

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Provides postoperative management and rehabilitation

  • postop: 2-3 week postoperative visit
  • wound check
  • diagnose and manage early complications
  • start passive range of motion at 4 weeks
  • start active range of motion at 8 weeks
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Advanced Evaluation and Management

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Recognizes concomitant associated injuries

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Appropriately orders and interprets advanced imaging studies

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Provides complex non-operative treatment

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Modifies and adjusts post-operative treatment plan as needed

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Preoperative H & P

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Perform basic medical and orthopaedic history and physical

  • identify medical co-morbidities that might impact surgical treatment

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Ensure all studies are required to proceed with surgical intervention

  • radiographs
  • AP
  • lateral
  • oblique
  • merchant view

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Perform operative consent

  • describe complications of surgery including
  • quadriceps atrophy
  • quadriceps weakness
  • extensor lag
  • anterior knee pain

Operative Techniques

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Preoperative Plan

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Preoperative Plan

  • Assess location of extensor mechanism injury
  • Use physical exam, xray, and MRI if available
  • MRI is rarely needed

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Execute surgical walktrough

  • describe key steps of procedure verbally prior to the start of the case

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Description of potential complications and steps to avoid them

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Room Preparation

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Room setup and Equipment

  • standard OR table

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Patient Positioning

  • supine position
  • place bump on the ipsilateral hip
  • place tourniquet high on the thigh
  • have an assistant milk the quad tendon distal prior to placing the tourniquet.
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Medial Parapatellar Approach

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Mark and make midline incision

  • The incision will need to allow access to the injured quadriceps tendon and the inferior pole of the patella. A tourniquet may be inflated prior to incision. One single incision can be made extending from the inferior pole of the patella to the ruptured portion of the quadriceps tendon.
  • Make the incision
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Deep Dissection

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Dissect through subcutaneous tissue

  • Dissect through subcutaneous tissue
  • Carry the incision through the subcutaneous tissue until the quadriceps tendon rupture and the patella are identified
  • Evacuate the hematoma and irrigate the joint.
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Prepare Tendon

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Remove all nonviable tissue

  • debride tissue as needed
  • disrupt all adhesions that are present

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Place sutures

  • place two number 5 nonabsorbable sutures using a krackow stitch through the full thickness medial and lateral aspects of the tendon
  • four strands of sutures should exit from the distal portion of the quadriceps tendon (2 medial and 2 lateral)
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Prepare the Patella

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Expose cancellous bone

  • debride the superior pole of the patella of any remaining tendon
  • use a curet, rongeur or burr to expose cancellous bleeding bone

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Create bone tunnels

  • use a 2.5 mm drill to create medial, middle and lateral longitudinal holes through the patella
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Reattach Tendon

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Pass sutures

  • use a suture passer to pull the four suture limbs through the bone tunnels
  • the two middle sutures (one from medial limb and one from lateral limb)will be passed through the middle patella drill hole.
  • the most lateral suture will pass through the lateral drill hole.
  • the most medial suture will pass through the medial drill hole.

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Secure the sutures

  • place the knee in full extension.
  • tie the most medial suture to the medial limb of the central two sutures.
  • tie the most lateral suture to the lateral limb of the central two sutures.
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Repair Retinaculum

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Inspect and repair retinaculum

  • identify and repair tears in the medial and lateral retinaculum
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Wound Closure

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Irrigation, hemostasis, and drain

  • copiously irrigate the wound

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Deep closure

  • close the deep fascia with 0 interrupted absorbable suture

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superficial closure

  • close the superficial subcutaneous tissue with 2-0 absorbable suture
  • skin can be closed with absorbable or nonabsorbable sutures.

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dressing and immediate immobilization

  • place sterile dressing over incision
  • place in a hinged knee brace locked in extension

Postoperative Patient Care

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Perioperative Inpatient Management

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Write admission orders

  • pain meds
  • IV fluids
  • advance diet as tolerated
  • wound care
  • remove dressing POD 2
  • medical management and medical consultation
  • orders appropriate inpatient occupational and physical therapy (weight-bearing, ROM, limitations of physical therapy)

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Discharges patient appropriately

  • pain meds
  • PT
  • follow up in 2 weeks
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Complex Patient Care

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Develops unique, complex post-operative management plans

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Capable of evaluating and treating postoperative complications

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Surgically treats complex complications

 

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