What is: Arthroscopic shaving for Jumpers knee?

Professor Håkan Alfredson explains what arthroscopic shaving for jumpers knee is, and how it works.

What is it?

Jumper´s knee is considered a difficult and troublesome injury to treat. However, recent research demonstrating neural infiltration in the tendon has led to a successful new mini-invasive surgical treatment method. 

Under local or general anaesthetic and guided by ultrasound, infiltrative fat, blood vessels and nerves are shaved away from the deep side of the patellar tendon using an arthroscopic shaver.  As treatment is performed outside the tendon, this allows for immediate weight-bearing and progressive in increase in load. Most patients can return o full loading in 8 weeks. 

Related articles:

  • Willberg Lotta. Thesis 04102013.
  • Willberg L, Sunding K, Forsblad M, Alfredson H. Ultrasound- and doppler-guided   
  • arthroscopic shaving to treat Jumper´s knee. Knee Surg, Sport Traumatol, Arthrosc 2007, 15: 1400-1403.
  • Alfredson H., Masci L.M. Ultrasound and Doppler-guided surgery for the treatment of  Jumper´s knee in professional rugby players. PST Vol.3 No.1 :1-5, 2015.
  • Willberg L,  Sunding K,  Forssblad M,  Fahlstrom M, Alfredson H. Sclerosing polidocanol injections or arthroscopic shaving to treat patellar tendinopathy/jumper's knee? A randomised controlled stud. Br J Sports Med 2011;45 411-415.