Open Quadriceps Repair

Catherine Logan

The majority of people with complete quadriceps tears will require surgery to repair the torn tendon.  In the event of a large partial tear or a partial tear in the setting of chronic tendon degermation, a repair may be deemed necessary, as well.

An open quadriceps repair involves reattaching the torn tendon to its attachment site on the proximal (top) of the patella (kneecap). 

To reattach the tendon, sutures are placed in the tendon and then threaded through either suture anchors (placed into the patella) or through drill holes that pass through the center of the bone and are tied on the distal (bottom) aspect of the patella.