I am an active 57 year old competitive tennis player who ruptured the right knee patellar tendon May 23 2009. I had surgery June 3, 2009 and, subsquently, incurred a MRSA infection. I was admitted to the hospital and the sutures removed because of the infection. I was on various antibiotics until July 1 and it appears the MRSA has been abated. The patellar tendon, however, is still ruptured but I am able to raise my leg. I go to physical therapy and I'm trying to increase the flex to 90. It's about 30 now. My surgeon stated that I may not have to have surgery since I can raise my leg, walk, and increase flexion. Everthing I have read indicated surgery for the rupture is a must for a return to active living. By the way, I ruptured the left one 15 years ago and it wasurgiocally repaired by the same doctor and it's 95% functioning.
Have any of you experienced nonsurgical repair of a complete patellar tendon rupture?
Sure, you should always go for conservative treatment.
If it fails surgery is always an option.
We would agree with your treating doctor and would stress on your PT. It is nice to hear about your recovery after the MRSA episode and it will take quite a bit of time but stick to the PT religiously.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.