I am a 52 year old advanced skiier who sustained a hi-velocity accident on the slopes 5 days ago. I basically found myself on my back, sliding towards some trees at about 45 mph. In my attempt to slow myself, I dug in the heels of my boots. My right heel caught more than the left, and my right leg bent back with my knee maximally flexed, and then my hip extended. At that point I felt and heard a loud snap, and came to rest without killing myself. I thought I had ripped my knee apart, but have simply completely disrupted my right femoris rectus muscle, right at the musculo-tendinous junction, about 4 inches above the patella. I saw my orthopedic surgeon that afternoon, and have consulted 2 others here in my hometown. They all agree that this is a rare injury, they have never seen one, not to mention repair one, and that I should not have it repaired.
I wonder if any readers here have experience with this injury - and nonoperative rehab. I want to ski and mountain bike for another 30 years and do not want to regret getting this repaired if it is better in the long run. I have searched this injury and there is not a lot out there. It appears that soccer players in Europe sometimes do this, and there are reports of repairs in young professional soccer players. There were 11 of these tears in NFL players from 1996 to 2008 - about one per year, and all were in kickers.
I am able to walk, with some pain, and have a large divot in my anterior thigh, where the muscle belly used to be, with a large knot above and below where the disrupted muscle has retracted. There is some bruising, but not as much swelling as one might think.
Anyone have thoughts or sustained this injury?