Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery

Rupture of one of the major tendons attaching to the top or the bottom of the patella.
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JustinEngland wrote: Hi everyone.

It's now 22 weeks since my operation. I can walk easily, use a floor cycle, bend the knee almost as far as my good leg etc.
I have a clicking sound when I bend the knee. I would not say it's painful but it does feel like it's bone touching bone. The physio says it could be the tendon clicking as it moves.
Did anyone else have this issue?
It's particularly bad when going upstairs or doing sitting leg raises. Whenever I lift the leg, it clicks.

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks.
Thread has died down, hopefully because we aren't injuring ourselves so much lately!

That said, clicking, completely normal. Even before I had my ruptures I had clicking. Loose patella, "sliding tendon" that sort of thing. I would say the surgeon did a perfect job on my right knee and if you put your hand over it on a sitting leg raise I can't feel or hear any "looseness" but my left knee, although not painful, clicks and feels like something being dragged over gravel at times. The tendon is just a little too loose. It doesn't really affect me in movement thankfully.

I think I'm coming up on 6 years in December. The pandemic took a toll on me and I gained about 25lbs and wasn't able to lift (all gyms were closed) for basically a year. The last 18 months I have been working out regularly again but haven't had much luck dropping the weight, which is harder on my knees.

There's no chronic pain in my knees however and I'm so happy about that as I've experienced other chronic pain during the pandemic unrelated and that was a real downer. Luckily that pain has subsided with treatment and care and I'm feeling much better in general. I've been playing a lot of tennis and that was how I hurt myself so I'm always a little careful with any jump stops and cuts but hey so far so good.
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Have you requested your OS to measure the range of movement ROM o your good and bad leg?

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Back on this forum after 10 years. Ruptured left patellar tendon back then playing football. Pretty much full recovery but always a bit weak. Never went back to football but golfing, running and hill walking. Of all things did the school sports egg and spoon fathers race and managed a bilateral rupture. Both knees operated on and surgeon happy. Back in ROM braces and at 30 degrees 2 weeks post op. No weight bearing and in a wheelchair. Anyone active on here done the same as wandering how ,inch longer recovery time may be for both….
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` that`s bad luck - however you will take extra care = keep posting

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Thanks John, will do. Glad to see you're still on the board. Comfortable so far. Just rather bored. Surgeon has me non weight bearing for 6 weeks so doing some quad setting and heel slides in prep for proper physio. Seems to think I'll make a full recovery but seem to recall last time it took a good 9-12 months to get going properly last time. Not been able to fit in a car is a bit of a bummer. Now I wish I wasn't 6 4 and all legs!!
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Update
Operation 19/6 both knees left previously ruptured March 2012. Screws and wires as fractured. Right 3 screws
Hospital for 5 days. No pain since day 3
Home non weight bearing for 6 weeks in wheelchair. Lateral transfers only. 30 degree unlocked in brace every 2 weeks. Quad setting and heel slides
Zimmer from from 25/7 couldn't even stand due to blood pressures changes, was pretty scarey
27/7 up and about, quickly and on crutches. Walking with only 30 degree bend. Started straight leg raises
8/8 can finally get in car
This week 15/8 brace unlocked to 90 for walking. No crutches indoors. Managing out and about. ROM at 90. 10 straight leg raises. Still no stairs
Surgeon and physio next week.

Now light at the end of the tunnel but a wee bit to go.
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Going on 8 years now. Glad to see John still around. Seems like this forum doesn't see the traffic it used to, and hopefully there are also less full patella ruptures going around.

I had the bilaterals 8 years ago. Sadly I've regained a lot of the weight I lost but the knees still feel really good and I haven't had any real setbacks. I wonder how they will feel 20 years from now, but hey, worry about that in 20 years.

Just completed a squat workout today. 225x12, 245x10, 255x5 and 265x 3. Not exactly what I was doing in my 20s and early 30s before the ruptures, but it's a blessing to just be able to still work with them.
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