Hello to All - my injury happened May 27; diagnosed as a full thickness tear of the distal quad tendon on the left leg on June 1. I began researching sites and came across this really terrific site and really appreciate the depth of experience and detail associated with this living nightmare.
Some history; I am a 60 year old male; pretty active all my life (alpine ski coach, National Academy w/ PSIA, soccer through 40s, considerable hard court activity - racquetball, squash, basketball; slowed the activity down in the last 10 years, although still use elliptical almost daily, basic crossfit programming, and walk at least 18 5 of 7 days. Generally in good shape - quad injury most traumatic since big burn at 30 (85%) so this is (as docs keep calling it) truly a life changing event.
The surgery seems to be similar to the ones I read about here; spinal block, femoral block and sedation; vertical cut of about 12 inches, baseball stitch with fiberwire drawn through three holes drilled in kneecap, tightened and tied, then stapled closed. The knee was then wrapped to prevent flexion; I will see surgeon on June 23 for removal of staples and either a cast or brace to prevent flexion (its a little fuzzy here - I don't know if the knee will be bent to 20 degrees or not) for another 6 weeks or so. I expect a slow, prescribed rehab, which I understand will include considerable pool rehab.
My more immediate questions are: 1. How easy is it to pull the knots back through the kneecap in error - I am particularly fearful of having to redo the surgery because of a mistake in using the leg too early or doing an unintended leg lift: 2. Is anyone modifying diet and/or supplements to manage inflammation and healing?
I am very grateful to IDG for starting the thread, and for all of the inspirational posts that have been written - this is an extraordinary injury that has happened; while I am trying to stay positive and busy, this has as much of an effect on those close to us as to ourselves - I thank God often for my incredible wife, understanding children and caring friends!!
Continued best wishes to all who are working their way through !!