Introducing a Novel Method of Patella Tendon Defunctioning Using Suture Anchors After a Tibial Tuberosity Avulsion Repair: Report of Three Cases
Tibial tuberosity avulsion injuries are rare and result from direct trauma to the tibial tuberosity or forceful and repetitive contraction of the quadriceps muscles. In this case series, we describe a novel method of defunctioning the patella tendon using a suture anchor after a tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture repair was performed. We present three consecutive patients with tibial tuberosity avulsion fractures who were treated by the same surgeon using the technique described. Pre and post-operative range of motion of the knee joint were then reviewed retrospectively. All patients achieved preinjury range of motion within three months post-operatively. In conclusion, defunctioning the patellar tendon with a suture anchor is a reliable and reproducible technique. The new technique yielded excellent functional outcomes which allowed patients to regain their pre-injury range of motion and the strength of the construct allows early range of motion.
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