Donor site morbidity after quadriceps tendon harvest for rotator cuff repair

Andrew S. Comley, Jegan Krishnan

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Background: The central quadriceps tendon provides a useful free tendon graft, although the morbidity of harvesting it is unknown in elderly patients. Methods: The donor site morbidities of 10 patients after central quadriceps tendon (CQT) graft harvest were reviewed for rotator cuff repair. Patients were reviewed by questionnaire and clinical examination at a minimum of 5 months after surgery. Results: A majority of patients reported significant donor site pain and reduction in knee reliability and function. Six of 10 patients had reduced quadriceps power attributable to the graft harvest. Conclusion: The harvesting of the CQT graft is associated with significant morbidity, especially in an elderly population with limited functional reserve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-810
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Donor site morbidity
  • Free tendon graft


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