Patellar tendon rupture following total knee arthroplasty

James A. Rand, Bernard F. Morrey, Richard S. Bryan

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Patellar tendon avulsion most frequently occurs following errors in surgical technique either during exposure of an ankylosed knee or following distal extensor mechanism realignment for lateral patellar subluxation or dislocation. Prevention of this complication is paramount as salvage is difficult. Protection of the repair for several months is indicated and late reconstruction is feasible in selected individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalTechniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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