Patellar Tendon Repair Post Operative Instructions



  1. WOUND: You may shower on post-op day #5 if the incisions are dry and cover the incision while doing so.  Gently pat the area dry after showering.
    1. You may change your dressing on post op day 3 and daily thereafter (brown Mepalex dressing can be left on for 3-5 days if dry). Leave steri strips that are directly on the incision (if you have them) until they fall off on their own.
    2. You may see clear-bloody drainage from the incision sites. This is normal. HOWEVER, IF the incision is draining bright red blood or yellow, pus like fluid, or the amount of drainage starts to increase, notify the office immediately.
  1. ICE: You may use ice over the incision to decrease swelling and relieve pain, 3x/day for 20 minutes.
  1. ACTIVITY: Keep your leg elevated with a pillow under your calf, NOT under the knee

Exercises to be performed 2-3 times per day

—– Foot pumps: foot up and down 30 repetitions, 5x per day

—– BRACE: ***ONLY weight bearing with the knee locked and brace locked in

Extension, any contraction or use of the quadriceps may compromise your results. ***

    1. Pain Management: will be prescribed by our office unless you see a pain management specialist or was seen by them in the hospital in which case you will continue with medication prescribed by them
    2. Anticoagulation: as prescribed to you for 6 weeks post operatively to prevent blood clots
  1. DRIVING: With surgery on your Left leg it is permitted ONLY once you have stopped taking narcotic pain medication and feel you can drive safely.

       With surgery on your Right leg no driving for six weeks and ONLY if you stopped taking pain medication as well.

  1. POST OPERATIVE VISIT: Please call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment for 2-3 weeks post operatively, if you do not already have an appointment scheduled.
  1. NOTIFY Dr. LaReau’s Office IMMEDIATELY if:
  1. You develop a Fever (>101 degrees)
  2. Redness over or around the incision or drainage from the incision site
  3. Unusual/sudden/persistent pain in your calf, knee, thigh, hip or chest
  4. Numbness or tingling in your foot or redness of the calf
  5. Uncontrolled and progressive worsening pain

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office.