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Seems that Bilateral Ruptures is quite uncommon and the specialists here in the UK are not too familiar with the injury.

I tore both of mine whilst coming down stairs on the 17th July over in Bolton UK. Had surgery the next day, they used ther anchor method and stapled the incision.

A week later was back home with the leg braces locked straight. I live by myself (Huddersfield, West Yorks) and manage only just. The stairs are the hardest thing to overcome. Walking has never been a problem even if I looked like a 'robot', walking with straight legs, crutches, and braces, waddling along!.

I managed to ditch the crutches and braces at week 8 and started phisio pretty much at the same time.

The phisio guy is not too familiar with this injury and basically gives me excercises for the Patella injury, which I suppose in a sense is pretty much the same rehab.

I'm pretty much left to myself now with phisio every 2 weeks and 'specialist' appointments every 4 weeks. Pretty poor in my opinion.

Pain can be intolerable in my knees and they still swell up at the end of the day. Sleeping is a major issue and I can honestly say that I haven't had a good nights sleep since the injury, other than when on prescription sleeping pills which I can only get from my GP. As these pills are supposed to be addictive I can only have them every 3 nights!

I can get spasms in the leg and basically use pain killers to help me relax but this effect only lasts for a few hours and then it's wide awake again!

I'm into week 13 now and can walk quite well. Upper leg strength is pathetic compared to what it originally was. (I'm a self employed builder and ride an adventure motorbike)

I try to do the exercises each day but sometimes my legs are too painful. I feel constantly tired and cannot rest for a quality amount of time.

I am not that impressed by the interest or quality of post op treatment here in the UK. I have not had a thorough 'hands on' knee examination since the injury and repair, the phisio spends perhaps ten minutes with me and has printed out a booklet with a variety of excercises to do. Neither have in my opinion got any reference points of improvement ie some form of measurement of the muscles.

I do know what I am talking about because in previous professions I used to be a Design Engineer with BAe (Military) and would certainly not have used old drawings, (specialist used old x-rays!), I would have researched the problem, I don't think he's familiar with this injury. I was also a Teacher for 10 years, this is also a profession where recording and testing to show evidence of progression is most important. I believe that they should be doing this, but what do I know!.

 

Anyhow that's my story so far. I have a 'Specialist' appointment this Thursday in the am and a Phisio appointmernt in the afternoon so we shall see how things are improving.

Will post outcome later that day.

 

Steve

 

@Biquad, you can measure progression based on:

 

Non-technical test

1. ROM after phase II, III...etc (UW GUIDE) - Is it increasing? You can measure it yourself in the mirror or have the same person measure it on a weekly basis. Use a goinometer or device similar.

2. Your pain level in the tendon area - should be decreasing week to week

3. Your strength - how easy is it to do the exercises in the UW guide today compared to last week

4. Your ability - what more can you do - how is your gait this week compared to last, are you still falling or uncertain of your footing when in a stride...etc?

5. Inflammation/swelling...after exercises or in general - is there inflammation in the tendon area post exercises this week compared to last...etc

6. You should have zero lag in a full extension

 

Technical Progressions tests

1. MRI - There is no better test to see if your tendon is actually healing to your patella other than surgically opening you up again. Not many places will EVER do this for you unless you are a professional athlete.

2. Ultra sound - They can tell if there is inflammation in your tendons and compare to the previous week. Again, not many places will EVER do this for you unless you are a professional athlete.

 

I am sure there is more here that I will add. I feel your pain as I have been through it for the past 1.5 years.

 

@Eric, yes...my 8 soon to be 19 year old THINKS she is smarter than me. In many ways, our kids are. Thanks for the terror! Good to see you are still alive and kicking.

 

@MiketheBike, I asked the same thing when I was in the ER the day it happened. Why not an MRI. The OS told me the patella is low when you rupture the quad tendon and high when you rupture the patella tendon. Of course I could not move my legs at all. I wished they had still done the MRI to make me feel better. I still had to wait a few days for my blood to become thicker as I was on blood thinners.

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Thanks NJ Pete for the prompt reply. I was lucky and did get prompt attention at the hospital over in Bolton. The staff and treatment was exemplary and I think that this has helped to advance my recovery. I think my main problem is that I'm pushing myself too much and forcing too much excercise. I have full movement in my knees and can do most of the excercises each day. I can walk for miles, walk upstairs unaided, can use the static excercise bike for 5 mins at a time and can drive quite easily. Its just that IF I do the excercises every day the pain catches up with me and I have to take a day off. I have never been disabled for so long in my life despite some exessive body exertions and I cannot wait to 'get going' again.

The worst thing is the sleep deprivation that I cannot get my head around at the moment.

I have got a copy of the document you recommend among others and am way ahead of the schedules described so perhaps its me just being impatient.

I'll still give an update after this coming Thursdays appointments.

 

 

Again, 'catinthehat' and 'NJ Pete' thanks for your replies, it can get a bit lonely out here especially as I'm on my own and family are not local. My friends are the biking crowd and live all over the country so I'm 'flying solo'  at the moment!

 

Cheers Steve

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@BiQuad, you have been through Hell and Back. I thought the same way you did. Unfortunately, my OS did as well. he pushed me on an agressive schedule that ended up causing my tendons to NOT heal correctly. This is the reason for my second revisions (that were identical to the first ones but not done bilaterally in surgery). You will have to have some patience with this. Stick to the UW guide as a good reference. MANY folks here have completely recovered in 5 months to a year. The major point is FULL recovery. I have been doing high reps of leg press, light extensions, light leg curls, bike and walking in the pool for 20 minutes. In the past two days of doing this, I am progressing further than I ever have.

 

I have two underlying issues right now. Both were most likely caused by the first round of bilateral QTR's and NOT being done the right way. I have a Patella Catching issue. This alone causes inflammation in my knee when I am exercising. I still have the Malergia Parasthetica (Lateral Cutaneous Femoral Nerve) pain in my right leg. I am working through it though. I hope this gets better once my strength returns in my leg. My left leg is only 4 months out from my left leg surgery and I feel like that is 75 to 80% there. My right leg....well...t is what it is.

 

Pete

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Question for all that are close to full recovery:

 

At what point in your PT did your therapist have you try to stand without the brace?  I'm 6 and 1/2 weeks post surgery and mine is wanting me to remove the brace and stand on the injured leg only for some exercises.  I've been walking without crutches or cane for a couple of days now, but the thought of standing without the brace is scaring me.

 

@BiQuad---I hear ya on the lonely part.  Other than those on this site, we are not going to come across others who have had this unique injury. This site has been a big help to my mental outlook as well.

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Question for all that are close to full recovery:

 

At what point in your PT did your therapist have you try to stand without the brace?  I'm 6 and 1/2 weeks post surgery and mine is wanting me to remove the brace and stand on the injured leg only for some exercises.  I've been walking without crutches or cane for a couple of days now, but the thought of standing without the brace is scaring me.

 

@BiQuad---I hear ya on the lonely part.  Other than those on this site, we are not going to come across others who have had this unique injury. This site has been a big help to my mental outlook as well.


Hey Arigato...normal reaction. You've been in brace jail for a long time and have come to trust that bitch. I was out of the brace also for PT at about 4 weeks doing the stationary bike and other things. The PT was ALWAYS close by and there were also parallel bars I used for support. The bike was a HUGE factor in my quick recovery. I was actually back to normal at four months post. Today at close to 8 months post I don't even think about my knee anymore. Anyway, listen to your PT and you will gain confidence and strength daily. At this point it's almost all up to you. Good luck with your progress...you're getting there!Thumbs Up

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@Arigato, I agree with Eric. brace jail does suck, but one thing it provides is comfort. The comfort is knowing that most likely you will not fall.I was the same at 4 weeks. My PT made me take my brace off. I would perform some balance exercises as well as other light exercises. I was cautious as you are. It is human nature.

Good luck and don't be worried unless your PT tries to inflict a lot of pain from stretching you.
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Stood on it without the brace!  I had a good and long therapy session yesterday.  2 1/2 hours.  I did some balance work, took a few steps brace free and got it to bend 80 degrees on the cpm.  

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Well here goes. 57 year old male in fairly decent shape  ran 4 days a week (approx 20-25 miles) gym other 4 days a week. On 8/24 at a rented vacation cottage on way to leave, car packed, went to put a storm window up from the outside and there was a at least a two foot hole covered by a piece of shit wood and my left leg went thru it and right buckled underneath. Never really suffered any injuries before nor any real illnesses ( I know lucky which I hope continues despite this). I felt pain in my right knee, but did not feel any tear or pop, figured after few minutes of laying on the ground I would get up and walk it off just like the old days. This time my wife helped me to the car and I sat in back with leg extended. I did try to get out and was even able to walk a little on it. After we got home I did not want to go to ER thinking it was a sprain and would go away.Any way my wife pleaded with me to go so I did and the gave me x rays which I had to do standing up since i couldn't extend my leg laying down.I never really got to see an MD,  a Physician assistant i believe and eventually was told it was sprained knee, given a scrip for pain and a referral t o see a doctor. Next few days my knee was not that great, but feeling better little by little, however I still could not do stairs. I still believed I had a resolving knee sprain. About a week after the ER saw the Doctor and he did a physical exam and drained my knee, he believed things were still intact and I could do a leg raise, however he still sent me for an MRI which took about another 10 days to have. I went for the MRI at 7 A.M. in the morning and got a call from the Doctor about 2.5 hours later (this can.t be good) and it wasn't. I was told I had a 2cm tear that needed to be stitched back together. I never had any surgery in my life and was in shock. I figured I could have the surgery the next week so I could get my work organized, etc. No way I was told ASAP, so the next day I am in pre op still in a state of shock, not believing I am having all the risks, etc. explained to me. So about 19 days after my injury I had the surgery. Glad I had the nerve block. I stayed in the hospital overnight and upon release used pain meds for only about a day. I felt within a couple of days I could put full weight on leg. I did not have appointment with the Doctor until two weeks post op and he took out the staples, but still kept me at zero in the brace and told me to come back in two weeks. I was referred for physical therapy, but have only had the initial intake. I could flex all my quads and she took me to ROM of 60. I felt I could go more, but believe it or not was nervous she would let go of my leg and told her to stop at 60. I did get my brace adjusted to 30 and now I am going to begin rehab.Sorry for the long post, but I have been lurking here for about a month and have been inspired by the many posts stating that things will get better!! I hope so!!

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I mean gym other 3days a week.  Sounds like a Beatles song 8 days a week!1

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Hi and welcome Cadillac Jack and Arigato,

It is just over 24 weeks since my left quad tendon repair and I am going to ask my doctor for clearance to resume duties as an operational firefighter.

As a Senior Station Officer (Captain in the US) I normally don't have to do much of the physical work, but in a worst case scenario I still need to be able to get myself and someone else if need be out of the building and I know I can do that now, having just put myself through our "required fitness level" test yesterday.

The other plus is that following medical clearance I then have to take three weeks accumulated leave which gives me even more time to build up and improve before getting back on my Rescue truck and attacking a raft of administration and training backlog. I might even give myself a few days off the gym routine to celebrate too!

 

My recovery has been hugely helped by this website and I owe a lot to those who created it and those who have contributed so much to it. NJ Pete and CatInTheHat in particular.

 

The other significant things which helped were hiring a wheelchair with a leg extension so I could wheel myself between the mall (coffee and daily newspaper crossword routine) and the Pool/Gym complex (swimming in a soft leg brace and upper body weight and hand bike workouts).

Finally the wonderful "Moto Med" in the gym which let me adjust the crank arm length down to a mere four centimetres (less than two inches) to cycle at a very early stage. That rotary motion seemed to greatly assist my improvement and helped me a lot.

 

The one tip that I have almost forgotten is that right from the start I used a belt hooked over my foot to manually hold my leg locked at full extension when moving it for the first month or more. For 24 hours a day I kept it looped over my shoulder bandolier fashion so it was always to hand to lift my leg in and out of bed, up onto a pillow, in or out of the car and onto and off the extension arm of the wheelchair and it was a great help. A circle of webbing would work as well but my "fat sized" leather belt was just the perfect length for the purpose.

 

It was good too, to be allowed to adjust my leg brace myself as my ROM naturally increased rather than be too restricted before seeing the surgeon or physio and having too much adjustment immediately after, I could move it ten degrees as and when things improved and enjoy the protection it gave when I was either careless or a little too adventurous.

 

My formal "return to work" physio program is completed but the physio has said I need to continue it to the end of the year at least and I will do. I also do a slightly modified "body for life" program to compliment and supplement it and have found it the most effective program to keep me fit and strong for work. You can check the website www.bodyforlife.com or I strongly recommend the book. It certainly taught me a lot of useful stuff about how muscle is built and fitness maintained as well as the role of diet in weight control.

 

Good luck one and all. This is a long and painful process. It can be maximised, but it cannot be rushed and I think the last part is the hardest to deal with, but thanks to this site, you know you are not alone.

 

Jim in NZ

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Great post Jim. You said it correctly about not rushing the healing process. Thanks as always with keeping up with the posts. This is a lonely and debilitating injury. Folks need a sounding board.

@CaddilacJack, welcome to the forum. We are all here to help with what has worked for us. Good luck in your healing. Check out the guide in our signatures.

@Arigato, keep up the great work. Progress is a great thing.
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Originally Posted by Arigato View Post
 

Question for all that are close to full recovery:

 

At what point in your PT did your therapist have you try to stand without the brace?  I'm 6 and 1/2 weeks post surgery and mine is wanting me to remove the brace and stand on the injured leg only for some exercises.  I've been walking without crutches or cane for a couple of days now, but the thought of standing without the brace is scaring me.

 

@BiQuad---I hear ya on the lonely part.  Other than those on this site, we are not going to come across others who have had this unique injury. This site has been a big help to my mental outlook as well.

My PT started me doing some leg exercises w/o the brace while in therapy only.  things like lateral step-ups, and table exercises.

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Looking to get some answers or still have questions!?

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/122170/quad-tendon-rupture-repair-rehab-the-movie#post_1625104

I'm looking to sit down w an elite orthopod who can help.
Thanks,
Brian
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Looking to get some answers or still have questions!?

http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/122170/quad-tendon-rupture-repair-rehab-the-movie#post_1625104

I'm looking to sit down w an elite orthopod who can help.
Thanks,
Brian


Hey NJPete....You should jump all over this. Don't hesitate if you want me or any other of these "survivors" to contribute.

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Hi, back again, sorry for late reply but computer has been down.

Now week 14 after surgery for Bilateral ruptures.

I can walk reasonably well now and at last weeks appointment with the specialist he has now said that he doesn't need to see me anymore and it's just down to the phisio now. I had a meet with the phisio on the same day and he has now given me more exercises to do now. Things seem to be improving but I cannot walk fast or even jog. I have bought some proper running shoes and have tried but it's not working yet.

 

Cadillacjack, welcome to the party. You'll see from all of the posts that this injury doesn't doesn't seem to have any particular reason for happening it just happens no matter how 'fit' you are or how good your lifestyle is. I for one would like to know 'Why me'!

What does come across very strongly is to take it easy and do not rush with the rehab. We all appear to heal at different rates and need to address our own rehab to compliment this. I know that I've pushed a little too hard and boy it has taken it's toll, with the pain factor!

 

NJPete, boy I really feel for you, if this happens again to me I will get quite depressed. I'm self employed and the 'State' benefits here in the UK are pathetic. I really do wish you well with 'round' two.

 

Arigato, do what you feel is best for you. When I first came out of the braces I was concious of 'forcing' my knees backwards when walking as I was frightened of buckling forwards. In fact although I am 4 weeks out of braces I still do it now and the backs of my knees hurt more than the fronts!. Keep the braces on if that is good for you, this is not a race, no points, no prizes and you wouldn't want to go through what NJPete is having to endure.

 

Jimthefireman, I am lucky because the design of my braces would allow me to do just the same but I could hook my fingers under the bottom strap and do pretty much the same thing. I even had a particular taxi driver that I could call up and he had a mini cab with a flat bed inside a sliding door. I could sit on the floor and he could lift my feet up and slide me in backwards, very helpful. At least I wasn't totally housebound as during the period of Braces and crutches I was getting 'house fever' and to get out for a few hours was good therapy.

 

I have tried doing a few 'jobs' but my knees swell up and I feel crap the next day so I'll just have to stick to the excercises and be patient. Next Phisio meet is in 3 weeks time.

I just want to get back on my motorbike but it doesn't look promising this year!

 

Will keep in touch.

 

All the best guys Steve.

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@biquad thanks it does look like there are all different rehab methods, time, etc. just day to day !!

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An encouraging update.  My injury was just over 9 months ago, L Quad Tendon Rupture while hunting in the mountains of western Va.  I returned to the scen of the deed this past weekend, and climbed a mountain for over 4 hours, going up for over a mile and a half.  I was able to do it w/o much difficulty, although coming down had a few "dicey" moments.  I was pleased with the strength I felt, the lack of discomefort, and how my knee felt then and now 2 days later.  I am truly over the hump and pleased with the outcome.  9 months ago, I would not have dreamed that I would be able to climb that mountain so soon.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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An encouraging update.  My injury was just over 9 months ago, L Quad Tendon Rupture while hunting in the mountains of western Va.  I returned to the scen of the deed this past weekend, and climbed a mountain for over 4 hours, going up for over a mile and a half.  I was able to do it w/o much difficulty, although coming down had a few "dicey" moments.  I was pleased with the strength I felt, the lack of discomefort, and how my knee felt then and now 2 days later.  I am truly over the hump and pleased with the outcome.  9 months ago, I would not have dreamed that I would be able to climb that mountain so soon.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.


Great news, Pat. I'm great on steep inclines, but pretty tentative on the declines. Normal I guess. Where were you hunting in VA? I grew up there and know the state really well. Coming up on 8 months post (2/20), and am feeling about 100%. Still can't jump rope on one leg (the bad one) yet, but two is no problem.

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Hey NJPete....You should jump all over this. Don't hesitate if you want me or any other of these "survivors" to contribute.

Please all jump in! I'm interested in making this relevant to what folks want to know!
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Please all jump in! I'm interested in making this relevant to what folks want to know!


What exactly are you looking for? Maybe like a chronological medical case history from the date of the initial injury through the total rehab process? Let us know what kind of format you would like rather than just us sending in a mishmash of details. We all have similar but different stories and we would like you to point us in the right direction. I think it's a great idea. In fact "NJPete" has already established a website dealing expressly with this injury. He would be the number one resource to tap to initiate this whole thing. I feel sure he will be along soon and will be excited about all this. Below is a link for the rehab protocol I followed from the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine group. I adhered to it to the letter and was pretty much fully recovered in four months after a total quad rupture  on 2/20/13. Pete has also been recommending it to all concerned. Worked great for me even though comparitively I'm quite a bit older than the majority here (68). Thanks again for your interest in us.

www.uwhealth.org/files/uwhealth/docs/pdf6/sm_pat_tendon_quad.pdf

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This will be an opportunity to ask a surgeon any questions & details you may find of interest. I planned on covering injury thru to recovery, yet this MD is quite an accomplished skier & athlete. I have the sense he'll be able to respond / direct in more of a insider manner.
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My login is richard2212. My quad rupture happened on 9 11 2012. I am 78 yrs and 13 MONTHS from surgery. My wife and I moved from Knoxville,Tn to Greenfield,In.
The recovery is complete. The injured leg is as good or better than the uninjured leg. I am able to do everything I could prior to the injurgy. Any aches and pains tend to be in other parts of my body.
To the newbees - read the old posts and follow their leads. This injury takes a year to heal. Go slow - follow successful Posters in this site.
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This will be an opportunity to ask a surgeon any questions & details you may find of interest. I planned on covering injury thru to recovery, yet this MD is quite an accomplished skier & athlete. I have the sense he'll be able to respond / direct in more of a insider manner.

I responded to your other thread as well. As you can see Brian, this thread gets quite a few views. I have personally posted 160 times. I can ask some general questions that I am sure other folks would like to get answers on.

 

1. Why does the quad tendon rupture?

2. Why do different surgeons provide different procedures?

3. What is the best possible surgical technique known to the OS community and why?

4. What preparation can the OS provide to the patient before, during and post op?

5. What is the best way to research the best OS for a quad tendon repair around the world?

 

I have a lot of these answers from a few other OS's already but I am curious to see what this MD may have to say.

 

Thanks and PM me if you would like to talk as well.

 

Pete

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My login is richard2212. My quad rupture happened on 9 11 2012. I am 78 yrs and 13 MONTHS from surgery. My wife and I moved from Knoxville,Tn to Greenfield,In.
The recovery is complete. The injured leg is as good or better than the uninjured leg. I am able to do everything I could prior to the injurgy. Any aches and pains tend to be in other parts of my body.
To the newbees - read the old posts and follow their leads. This injury takes a year to heal. Go slow - follow successful Posters in this site.


Hey Richard....glad to hear the good news. I agree with going slow, but it doesn't necessarily take a full year to heal. I was back to 100% in about four months...that means able to do everything prior to the injury. In fact, my "injured" quad is bigger than my uninjured leg due to all the concentrated exercises my trainer has prescribed. I also thank the UW Sports Medicine Department for aiding in my probably quicker than "normal" recovery. Point being, we all heal at different rates, but we can do a lot to speed things along if done correctly.

www.uwhealth.org/files/uwhealth/docs/pdf6/sm_pat_tendon_quad.pdf

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Hey Richard....glad to hear the good news. I agree with going slow, but it doesn't necessarily take a full year to heal. I was back to 100% in about four months...that means able to do everything prior to the injury. In fact, my "injured" quad is bigger than my uninjured leg due to all the concentrated exercises my trainer has prescribed. I also thank the UW Sports Medicine Department for aiding in my probably quicker than "normal" recovery. Point being, we all heal at different rates, but we can do a lot to speed things along if done correctly.

www.uwhealth.org/files/uwhealth/docs/pdf6/sm_pat_tendon_quad.pdf

That's because you are a spring chicken Eric. I agree though. I have spoken to and seen some pretty amazing results here. If done correctly and kept on top of this, you could recover quickly.

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Great news, Pat. I'm great on steep inclines, but pretty tentative on the declines. Normal I guess. Where were you hunting in VA? I grew up there and know the state really well. Coming up on 8 months post (2/20), and am feeling about 100%. Still can't jump rope on one leg (the bad one) yet, but two is no problem.

Hunting near Clifton Forge.

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Hunting near Clifton Forge.


Know it well. One of my high school buddies had a cabin down there. Went down there all the time...he even ended up going to Washington&Lee in Lexington.

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I responded to your other thread as well. As you can see Brian, this thread gets quite a few views. I have personally posted 160 times. I can ask some general questions that I am sure other folks would like to get answers on.

 

1. Why does the quad tendon rupture?

2. Why do different surgeons provide different procedures?

3. What is the best possible surgical technique known to the OS community and why?

4. What preparation can the OS provide to the patient before, during and post op?

5. What is the best way to research the best OS for a quad tendon repair around the world?

 

I have a lot of these answers from a few other OS's already but I am curious to see what this MD may have to say.

 

Thanks and PM me if you would like to talk as well.

 

Pete


+1 NJ Pete

 

I have beem trying to find out why BOTH of my Quads have ruptured but to no avail.

I have the G11 anchors and in my research this is supposed to be an alternative to 'through' sutures as the invasive surgery is less and the sutures are shorter and thus less chance of stretching.....and there is less chance of compromising the patellar tendon below. There is a paper on this repair by the guy who 'invented' it and he used a cadaver and made the repair do 1000 leg raises and didn't damage the repair.

I shall watch this post with great interest.

 

Steve

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+1 NJ Pete

 

I have beem trying to find out why BOTH of my Quads have ruptured but to no avail.

I have the G11 anchors and in my research this is supposed to be an alternative to 'through' sutures as the invasive surgery is less and the sutures are shorter and thus less chance of stretching.....and there is less chance of compromising the patellar tendon below. There is a paper on this repair by the guy who 'invented' it and he used a cadaver and made the repair do 1000 leg raises and didn't damage the repair.

I shall watch this post with great interest.

 

Steve

@BiQuad, I have been doing research on this question since June 2012. There are only two reason why they rupture...in my opinion. Let's see what the MD says. Maybe he/she can provide some additional insight.

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One of my questions would be, what are the chances of having the same rupture again? Meaning, is the tendon now weakened and vulnerable? Also, I'm curious as to why some protocols limit any weight bearing for weeks out and also start PT much later. In my totally layman non-medical opinion it is just laying the groundwork for more atrophy, more loss of strength, and a longer recovery period. I'm looking forward to hearing from this OS. It will become a "forum within a forum". Wishing all you survivors quick healing and stay positive. Eric

 

www.uwhealth.org/files/uwhealth/docs/pdf6/sm_pat_tendon_quad.pdf

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