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Offline fusspot

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Ruptured Quad tendon
« on: April 29, 2005, 01:10:07 PM »
Can anyone tell me what kind of rehabilitation and time its roughly expected for recover from a Ruptured badly bleeding  Quad Tendon this ON TOP of having had a ACL surgery on the same knee......
Surgery was given to remove 3/4 pint blood from the rupture which happened without any strenuous activity.
How long off work etc?
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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2005, 03:49:59 PM »
fusspot

seek out advice from janet....she can usually be found in the soft tissue healing forum. she has had a ruptured quad tendon and can probably tell you what to expect.

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L pat. dislocation, 1977;  run over by a car, L pat. dislocat., multiple burns & fxs, 1981; L knee scope, 8/03; L knee MUA, 10/03; L knee MUA & patellar tendon rupt; 6/22/04 lysis, debride, pat. baja!

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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2005, 04:23:50 PM »
Yikes, that poor knee has been through a lot already. I hate to tell you, but it is a long and hard recovery. My original OS told me it would be 12-18 months before I "forgot I had an injury." I wish! But I had a lot of complications (which I won't go into, since you won't have the same problems!) and my knee is a permanent mess.

Anyway, have you had surgery to repair the tear? Are you in an immobolizer? How long ago did this happen? My tear was misdiagnosed in the ER, so I didn't see an OS for a few days and didn't have surgery until five days after the accident. I ended up being in an immobilizer for almost three months because my quad shut down so completely. It was 6 weeks post-op before I could do a straight leg raise. I was completely off work for three months, then was able to return to my desk job for a couple of hours a few days a week. I gradually added hours, but didn't go back to work full-time for ten months....but that was because I needed additional surgery at 6 months post-op to remove scar tissue that was prohibiting my knee from bending past 60 degrees, a complication of being in the immobilizer so long.

If you give me some more information about your repair and your status now, I will be happy to give you any advice I can.

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2005, 04:55:19 PM »
fuss , go to the specialists office , patellor-femoral thread and you will find tons of info .
Rupture Patellar Tendon 4/23/05
Repaired 4/29/05
PT Begins 6/1/05
Return to work 9/1/05

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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2005, 04:57:51 PM »
thanks both for the reply.  
Janet - i hope you go on and do well....  
It isnt me that has the problem but my B-in law -aged 40 in uk.  He had surgery for ACL in Feb this year.  He has been told it may be a problem with the surgery that has given him the collapse of the quads.  He has not to weightbear for a while, painkillers and such  and he has crutches and is using his old pre op brace for support.  As he doesnt know what he did that lead to this horrendous pain (three shots of morphine before took effect and the draining) he is naturally hesitant to do anything.

He awaits further instruction from his medic next week.  I think its a good idea to try again to claim DLA now.  Got refused last year !  been off work 2yrs....

Wonder if more surgery is imminent?

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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2005, 10:31:04 PM »
If he really ruptured his quad tendon, he could not walk or bear weight, and would be in surgery on an emergency basis. The quad tendon attaches the large quad muscles to the kneecap (patella), so if it is ruptured, he could not actively extend (straighten) his leg. This will not heal itself.

Perhaps he didn't really rupture his tendon? If he has a small tear, it could possibly heal itself, but not with a large tear or a rupture.

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2005, 09:49:50 AM »
Hi Janet
Definatley non weight bearing for now.  Told his quads had collapsed and definatley something to do with the ACL op he had.
It is very sore.  He has been messed around waiting for the ACL op for 2yrs.  NHS didnt work fast enough where he lives!
I think the next stage is to open the knee up or have an arthroscopy. 
Do you think he will ever get full motion back ?  Its very worrying for an otherwise healthy fit male.

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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2005, 04:14:21 PM »
If they said his "quad collapsed," that's not the same thing as a rupture. I'm not sure. I've never heard that term before. Sorry, can't give much more advice because I don't really understand the problem. Is he in PT of any kind? Doing any kind of exercises? Working on his flexion?

Perhaps they mean his quad totally shut down? I definitely understand that! It is not unusual after a traumatic experience. And if he was bleeding from a tear in the muscle or tendon, they could be waiting for it to heal before trying much more. Unfortunately, there is a fine line between letting it heal and causing other problems because you have to wait for it to heal. That's where the doctor's expertise and experience come in.

Sorry he is having so many problems. It's very frustrating just to wait for your body to heal. We definitely all want our doctors to figure out what's wrong and fix it the next day! But it doesn't always work that way. Tell him to hang in there and give his body time to heal. But in the long run, if he is unhappy with his doctor's advice, urge him to get another opinion from a knee specialist. I waited too long to get a second opinion, and by that time, the permanent damage had been done and it could not be reversed.

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: Ruptured Quad tendon
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2005, 06:06:47 PM »
Hi Janet
Thanks for the advice.  Thing is one doctor used the word collapse and the other term was Ruptured Quad  something ..Ligament
He did need urgent treatment but he was treated at a different hospital to the one for the ACL surgery so waiting for the two to discuss who does what and when.  In meantime he is at home, non w/b and taking pain killers and keeping it ellivated.
I will let you know when he has been seen again.
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Have a good Bank Hol and hope you are pain free.....















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