We describe a new method for the reconstruction of ruptures of the patellar ligament or the quadriceps tendon, using the flexible open-weave polyester Leeds-Keio prosthetic ligament. Of 25 operations performed since 1985, we were able to review 18 patients (19 knees) with a mean follow-up of 3.5 years (3 to 6.5). No patient had required immobilisation of the knee after operation and the average period to return to normal activities without a walking aid was 10.5 weeks. The average range of motion was 146°, and four patients could squat fully in the Japanese style. There was an extension lag (< 10°) in only four patients; eight patients had some patellar crepitus which was mildly painful in three. There were no cases of infection, persistent joint effusion or rerupture of the extensor apparatus.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine