Houston Chronicle Interviews Dr. Mandelbaum about OT Jeff Adams' Torn Patellar Tendon

Texans lineman Jeff Adams looking ahead after season-ending knee injury

Patellar tendon tears are usually repaired immediately,” said Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, orthopedic surgeon at Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in Santa Monica, Calif. “This is done putting heavy sutures into the patella bone and sometimes into the tibia depending on the nature of the tear. In most instances, an athlete who suffers such an injury will return to play in six to nine months.

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