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Medicina dello Sport 2003 September;56(3):185-91

language: Italian

Jumper’s knee: a long term follow-up of surgical treatment

Ferretti A., Conteduca F., Camerucci E., Morelli F.

U. O. di Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Centro di Traumatologia dello Sport “Kirk Kilgour”, Policlinico S. Andrea, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma


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Aim. The aim of this study is to present the results of the surgical treatment carried out in high level athletes with a minimum post-operative follow-up of 5 years.
Methods. Twenty-four competitive athletes (32 knees) operated for patellar or quadriceps tendon tendinitis (jumper’s knee) were reviewed at a mean follow-up of 8 years (range 5-11) and evaluated according to symptoms and retum to full sports activities. There were 22 men and 2 women with a mean age of 26.1 years (range 18-30). A total of 27 cases of patellar tendon tendinitis and 5 cases of quadriceps tendon tendinitis were observed. In all cases the same surgical technique was used: longitudinal splitting of the tendon, excision of the degenerated tissue, apicectomy and drilling of the affected pole.
Results. The results were excellent in 20 knees, good in 5, fair in 3 and poor in 4.
Conclusion. In this study the outcomes of surgical treatment appear to be satisfactory, even after a long term follow-up; however, less predictable are the results achieved in the treatment of volleyball players.

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