Quadriceps tendon rupture is an uncommon injury. To date, surgical results have been less than favorable. A novel repair technique that uses Marlex mesh (C R Bard, Murray Hill, New Jersey) has been developed. Use of this repair may allow earlier range of motion and functional restoration of extension. The authors sought to evaluate the technical feasibility, durability, and postoperative function of this repair. This study retrospectively analyzed 8 knees (7 patients) operated on with this technique from 1990 to 2011. Mean follow-up was 9 years. Average age at the time of injury was 69 years. Mean operative time was 130 minutes. No perioperative complications occurred, no patients had clinical evidence of failure, and no patients required subsequent reoperation. Mean flexion at final follow-up was 100. Of the 8 knees, 7 knees had no extensor lag at final follow-up. Marlex mesh augmentation for quadriceps tendon ruptures has promising clinical results, despite significant comorbidities. The results showed that the technique was feasible, with low cost and reasonable operative time. The clinical results were durable, with no intraoperative complications, no re-ruptures, rare extension lag, and good range of motion. Therefore, synthetic mesh augmentation is a feasible option in acute quadriceps tendon ruptures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine