A Modified Surgical Technique of Patellar Tendon Reconstruction in Total Knee Arthroplasty Using Achilles Tendon AllograftPatellar tendon disruption is one of the most dreaded complications after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) impacting joint function and implant longevity. Management of this condition remains controversial, and no one treatment has provided consistent clinical success. Here we propose a modified technique from the standard Achilles allograft procedure to reconstruct a ruptured patellar tendon after TKA. A fresh-frozen Achilles tendon allograft with attached calcaneal bone graft was used. Our technique offers the advantage of a more stable graft fixation by relying on both quadriceps tendon and transosseous patellar fixation and bone-to-bone allograft fixation to the tibial tuberosity.
External fixator immobilization after extensor mechanism reconstruction in total knee arthroplastyExtensor mechanism disruption after total knee arthroplasty is a complicated problem that typically requires surgical reconstruction. After extensor mechanism failure, reconstruction is typically indicated to restore active knee extension and provide a stable limb for ambulation. Immobilization of the knee in extension is vital in the initial postoperative period after extensor mechanism reconstruction. We describe a series of 4 patients who underwent extensor mechanism reconstruction followed by external fixator application to maintain the knee extended in the initial postoperative period.