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Ruptured Quadricep Tendon, I am still in shock
« on: October 01, 2007, 12:49:46 PM »
I am glad to have found this website on line, I have just experienced a rupture of my left quadricep tendon on Sept. 24, I had surgery on Sept 28, went home (I live by myself unfortunately), and wound up popping the repair on Saturday night (Sept 30) while trying to get to the bathroom.  I am quite depressed and shocked by what has happened to me in an instant.

I did this injury while hiking Mt Washington in New Hampshire, I had hiked to the top of the mountain and had just started back down the mountain when I twisted by right ankle (the ankle is fine now), and I tried to ctah myself with my left leg, and I felt a large pop and down I went.  I have always been very active in hiking and cycling, doing several bicycle tours.  I am at this point very apprehensive to how long I will be injured, and even if I will ever be able to do the things I have spent a lifetime doing.

I have the second problem of "popping" the surgery repair, and I have an appt with the surgeon at 10am today (Oct 1), he had told me it was quite a severe rupture and there were a lot of sutures involved, he still seems to be upbeat, I hope I can get thru this. 

Has anyone out there have to go back in and have a tendon rupture repaired a second time?  Is there any general advice, I almost don't know what to do, not even sure if I posted in the right area of this website.  Thanks!

Bob White
Ruptured Left Quadricep Tendon on 24 September 2007
Surgery 28 Sept 2007 (but suture anchor broke)
Surgery 03 Oct 2007 (OS did not use suture anchor 2nd time around)
Ruptured Disk in Back affecting S1 nerve 11 Dec 2007
Back Surgery 09 Jan 2008 to uncompress S1 nerve

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Re: Ruptured Quadricep Tendon, I am still in shock
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007, 02:08:40 PM »
Hi Bob,
you poor thing. Im not familiar with your specific injury but Im sure if you have torn the surgical sutures they will be able to repair the damage.
You need to organise some help at home for a while - you cant be putting yourself under risk for a few weeks.
Let us know how you go with your appointment - you will find other people here who have more knowledge of your particular problem.
good luck.
tanya
1986 - recurrent dislocations of right patella began
1988 - Modified Hauser Procedure
1991 - dislocations started again
2005 to 2007 - 150 dislocations in 2 years - OUCH!!!
June 2007 - new OS, new physio
Oct 2007 - VMO woke up
Mar 2008 - big quads, still dislocating
Apr 2008 - next OS app

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Re: Ruptured Quadricep Tendon, I am still in shock
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007, 02:45:39 PM »
Bob, you might want to post under the patellar femoral section in Specialist section. A large nimber of us have posted there. I ruptured my patellar tendon last year and am awaiting surgery in a few days. You will find lots of information in that section. See you there!

Sue  :-*from Canada
Dislocation of left patella and as a result left patellar tendon rupture in the medial section/torn at both ends.
3 Previous surgeries-semitendiosis tenodesis
Reconstruction surgery left knee October 10 '07
TKR right knee May 25 '10.....successful!
Limited ROM/TKR left knee May 25 2015...successful.

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Re: Ruptured Quadricep Tendon, I am still in shock
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007, 03:00:27 PM »
Bob,

A friend in his late 70s ruptured the quad tendon last February. He also had a little problem and second surgery. He now is getting around well. Still a few limitations but that is just a matter of completing strength recovery.

good luck and best wishes


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Re: Ruptured Quadricep Tendon, I am still in shock
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007, 07:09:10 PM »
Wow! It's so good to have such a great response on this website, sitting home all day is almost like being in jail!
Tanya: I have help coming over for a while for this second post-surgery bout, will have some friends actually staying over for the first week or so, so I'm not up trying to prepare a meal balancing on cruthes while putting undue stress on the surgical repair, thanks so much!
Sue: how have you survived for the past year with a ruptured patella tendon? I wish you great luck on the surgery, hope we all do well, I will try reposting this message under the specialist section as you suggest.
Lattitude 61: (lattitude 61? wow you are up there!, I thought  was north, and I'm a little less than 45N, of course you may be south lattitude ins South America for all I know):  Well that is encouraging news to hear your 70 year ole friend is on his way to what sounds like might be a full recovery!!!

Thanks all for your responses, as for me, I just went to the surgeon and it looks like this Wednesday (3 Oct), I will be under the knife again, he seems to think everything will be OK, he may cast me for 2 weeks, he's thinking about it, but my problem was a firing quadricep and not a bending event that pulled the sutures.

Bob from NH

(I am going to repost this original message in the Specialist section that Sue suggested)
Ruptured Left Quadricep Tendon on 24 September 2007
Surgery 28 Sept 2007 (but suture anchor broke)
Surgery 03 Oct 2007 (OS did not use suture anchor 2nd time around)
Ruptured Disk in Back affecting S1 nerve 11 Dec 2007
Back Surgery 09 Jan 2008 to uncompress S1 nerve

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Re: Ruptured Quadricep Tendon, I am still in shock
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007, 09:34:53 AM »
Good on ya Bob - great to hear youre getting repaired and that you have some help organised also!!!

Try not to worry, your body just needs time to heal.

The very best of luck with the surgery - really really takes things easy for the first 3 weeks after surgery to let the healing get going good.

We'll be looking forward to hearing how you get on!
Tanya
1986 - recurrent dislocations of right patella began
1988 - Modified Hauser Procedure
1991 - dislocations started again
2005 to 2007 - 150 dislocations in 2 years - OUCH!!!
June 2007 - new OS, new physio
Oct 2007 - VMO woke up
Mar 2008 - big quads, still dislocating
Apr 2008 - next OS app















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