Novel Treatment of a Failed Quadriceps Tendon Repair in a Diabetic Patient Using a Patella-Quadriceps Tendon Allograft

HSS Journal Online First Article

Sasha C. Druskin, BA
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York


Scott A. Rodeo, MD

Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Abstract

Recurrent quadriceps tendon rupture is a debilitating condition that may be challenging to treat, especially in the presence of systemic disease such as diabetes mellitus (Bedi et al., J Shoulder Elbow Surg 19:978–988, 2010; Chbnou and Frenette, Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 5:R952–R957, 2004; Chen et al., J Shoulder Elbow Surg 5:416–421, 2003). Many surgical treatment protocols have been proposed (Azar, in Canale and Beatty, eds., Campbell’s Operative Orthopedics, Mosby/Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2008; Ilan et al., J Am Acad Orthop Surg 3:192–200, 2003; Rodeo and Izawa, in Garrett et al., eds., Principles and Practice of Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2000). We report the case of a diabetic male with multiple treatment failures. He ultimately sustained a good outcome following treatment with a novel surgical technique that utilized a patella quadriceps tendon allograft. Tendon allograft-to-native bone healing had previously failed in this patient, so we used a bone-tendon construct allograft to provide an allograft bone-to-native bone healing site. Now, 13 months postoperative, the patient has increased strength, minimal pain, 20 ° of extensor lag and 130 ° of flexion.

This Online First Article was published September 2012.
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