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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine