Jumpers Knee Surgery

Top orthopedic surgeon Richard Villar talks to Sportsinjuryclinic.net about surgery for jumpers knee or patella tendonitis.

Mr Richard Villar Orthopedic Surgeon

Mr Villar is a leading Orthopedic Surgeon. As former Surgeon to the British Army Special Air Service Regiment he has practiced medicine in some of the most remote and challenging environments. He talks exclusively to Sportsinjuryclinic.net about jumpers knee (patella tendinopathy) surgery, when he would operate, how the operation is done and the expected length of recovery time.

The surgical procedure for treating jumpers knee can vary depending on the individual and the surgeons preference. In most cases, a longitudinal or transverse incision is made over the patella tendon. Abnormal tissue is then removed. Surgery is usually a last resort after conservative treatment has failed.

Will it work and how long will I be out of training for?

The success rate of this operation is estimated to be about 60-80%. You may not ever return to the level of sport you had before the operation - many do though. It could take 6 to 12 months to return to competition after surgery.

Why might I need surgery?

Surgery may be indicated (needed) only after conservative methods have been properly tried first. There are a number of reasons why initial attempts to rehabilitate the knee are unsuccessful. These include not enough strength training or not doing the correct eccentric type exercises, doing too much too soon, failing to continue strength training after returning to normal training.

What will the surgeon do?

Surgeons differ in their approach to this injury. Some prefer a longitudinal cut into the tendon and some prefer a transverse one. They may take out the abnormal tissue. Some will do the operation by arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) and others may prefer open surgery.