Semitendinosus autograft augmentation after bilateral patellar tendon re-rupture: a case report and technique note.
Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol
Autograft augmentation technique; Bilateral; Patella tendon rupture; Re-rupture
BACKGROUND: Acute bilateral patellar tendon rupture is a rare occurrence, especially in young patients in the absence of comorbidities. We describe a case of bilateral patellar tendon re-rupture in a young patient without predisposing factors. Further, we explain a technique for autograft augmented patellar tendon repair with bidirectional fixation using an ipsilateral semitendinosus graft in transosseous patellar and tibia bone tunnels.
CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 40-year-old healthy worker with bilateral acute on chronic patellar tendon rupture maintained following initial trauma and Krackow repair 2 years ago. He underwent bilateral reconstruction using semitendinosus autograft. At 1 year postoperatively, he has maintained the full range of motion and strength without re-rupture.
CONCLUSION: This is the first case describing a new fixation technique after bilateral patellar tendon re-rupture. The use of semitendinosus autograft for reconstruction of the patellar tendon after re-rupture is a viable and effective option.
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
von Glinski, Alexander; Yilmaz, Emre; Rausch, Valentin; Königshausen, Matthias; Schildhauer, Thomas Armin; Seybold, Dominik; and Geßmann, Jan, "Semitendinosus autograft augmentation after bilateral patellar tendon re-rupture: a case report and technique note." (2019). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 1244.