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Complete quadriceps rupture

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On 3-1-09 I had a complete rupture of my left quadriceps tendon, the most horrific pain I have ever felt. I had surgery 2 days later on 3-3-09. My OS said the surgery was a complete success. I tripped or slipped off of three steps off my deck, it happened so fast.

 I was put in a full leg cast and will be in it for 6-8 weeks. I have to go back to the OS on 3-13 to have my cast removed, have my staples taken out, then a new cast put on.

 The OS said I will start PT after the cast comes off at the end of April, and I'm sure I will have some other type of apparatus put on.

 I've read all these other threads and have yet to read about anybody having to wear a full leg cast. It seems to be either a leg immobilizer or some type of hinged brace. And also everyone is starting PT within a week or so of their surgery. I guess I really don't understand this approach. If I broke my leg this makes total sense( I would be in a cast for longer). Should I go to a different OS?

I do have some lower back problems, nothing bad, but this cast really puts  alot  of strain on my lower back.

Let me know what all of you think.

Thank you and good luck!!!


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Since you've already had the surgery, I'd stick with the OS that you went to the dance with, and not much you can do about it at this point either, for that matter. Extremely unlikely to get another OS to overrule the one that just did the surgery; too much liability for the new guy, who didn't even do the repair. In the other forum, there have been a number of different post op treatments by the OS, some more conservative than others. They range from a cast and crutches, and no weight bearing for weeks, to a knee immobilizer, no weight bearing restriction and PT within a couiple weeks. I'd say the average (I'm in that group, almost 11 weeks post op) is some type of knee immobilizer/brace or cast for 6 weeks followed by PT.



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Hello fellow QTR sufferers. I've been reading this thread since my injury (Feb 23, 2010) and surgery ( 2/26/10). I read all about Idaho guy et al and then realized there were some more recent victims, joined and here I am. I'm probably the oldest (71) but I was in very good shape at the time I tripped over my size 13 Uggs. I walked out of the hospital on crutches a few hours after the surgery; the pain wasn't as severe as some of you but having had back surgery last October and finished that rehab, I started to get pain from that area.

It's now been over 4 weeks and I'm pretty much brace free except when I go out. Can climb stairs (gingerly)but deathly afraid to try going down. ROM about 100 degrees but 15 minutes after attaining the "stretch," it seems to contract back like two strong rubber bands. Seeing OS next Tues. 4/06 (he does 25 of these little procedures each year). I've been walking on the treadmill 2.5 mph/ 30 min and doing leg lifts, flexion/tensing, foot lifts with no weight etc.

It looks like another golf season of paying dues and chipping/putting.Does anyone care to opine on how long it takes to take full swing??

 I hope I'm not intruding; it's nice to have access to some kindred spirits. I wish all of you well. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to all from Chicago.

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