The SPECIALIST'S OFFICE => Ruptured patellar tendon or ruptured quadriceps tendon => Topic started by: Scottpat78 on February 29, 2012, 06:14:36 PM

Title: Patellar tendon rupture - uk diagnosed for 15 months
Post by: Scottpat78 on February 29, 2012, 06:14:36 PM
Hello, I'm new here so please go easy....

I fell whilst on holiday and carrying my 6 month old daughter. I managed to instinctively wrap both arms around her and thankfully she did not suffer any injury - for this I wouldn't have it any other way. Unfortunately for me this meant that I fell with all of my weight onto the left-centre side of my right knee and smashed it up pretty good. The rest of the holiday was spent on crutches and the doctor I saw couldn't really make any diagnosis due to swelling etc.
When I returned to the UK, I visited my doctors quite regularly for 6 months, each time being told that exercise and patience were the key. Fast forward to early Feb 2012 and with still not being able to put any weight on my knee whilst bent, but being able to walk without pain and having full flex movement I went back and asked to be referred to a specialist (this was nearly 10 months since my last visit). The specialist took one look at my knee and after some simple probing called it out straight away - ruptured patellar tendon. He even got his registrar to come into the room as he could not believe he was presented with one 15 months post injury.

This brings me to the present day. I'm now on the waiting list for an operation, likely wait is 3 months, this will mean I will be at around 18 months post injury before being operated on. The specialist has made it clear that the length of time complicated matters for both the op and recovery - he is talking about using bone to strengthen the tendon when pieced back together I believe. I've been told to expect 8 weeks in a brace then 6-9 months of rehab. He does expect me to regain close to 110 degrees ROM though eventually.
I think back to when I ruptured the tendon and know how difficult life was with no bending and weight bearing so I do kinda know what's coming. When I look back I'm amazed I managed to get on a flight back home after 8 days though!

I guess I am sharing this to look for feedback from anyone else that has waited a long time from injury to surgery, what was your experience and how does this differ from the norm? I also have some basic questions - how long do you spend in hospital post op and how long is the recovery time before getting back to work (I have a desk job and can work from home a lot, so I am lucky here I guess).

Any advice or comments would be great, I still can't believe I am about to embark on this surgery and recovery after 15+ months, I always thought from the doctors comments that it wasn't too serious and it would heal without surgery. How wrong can 1 man be!  ::)

Thanks, Scott.
Title: Re: Patellar tendon rupture - not diagnosed for 15 months
Post by: Scottpat78 on February 29, 2012, 06:18:39 PM
Sorry, the title should read 'not diagnosed', not sure what happened with the typing!
Title: Re: Patellar tendon rupture - uk diagnosed for 15 months
Post by: John42 on March 01, 2012, 11:56:23 AM
Hi Scott

Welcome to the exclusive RPT thread - the fact that you were not diagnosed for such a long period is disgraceful and I am surprised that even your GP did not send you to see an OS, to have a M RI scan.  You will have realised that you have sustained a very rare and serious injury.

Where were you when you sustained your injury.

I have sent you a set of documents which covers the details of your injury and the rehab procedure.   Read with care together with previous posts on this thread.

I would try get your op brought forward - don`t worry if you only reach 110 ROM, this is enough to do most things in life, but would suggest that you apply for blue car  disable badge, as this is most handy for the next few months - makes life livable.

Please ask questions - very important.

Take care
JohnK/ Manchester UK
Title: Re: Patellar tendon rupture - uk diagnosed for 15 months
Post by: Scottpat78 on March 01, 2012, 02:47:59 PM
Hi John, thanks for the reply and documents.

I was on holiday in Fuerteventura when I injured the knee and managed to make my scheduled flight home 8 days later.

You mention the blue badge, this would undoubtably help - how can I request one of these please?

Speak soon, Scott.