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can you walk with a broken knee cap

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Fracture: You can depending on the severity of the fracture. If the fragments are displaced you will need surgery. Check with your local orthopedist.

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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Possible: The knee cap is not load bearing. If you really want to make sure everything is ok, call he surgeon and ask about weight bearing status. Hope this hel ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Too many variables-: -to give a specific answer. such as 2 pieces, transverse, comminuted & # of fragments, quality of bone, open or closed. high or low velocity injur ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience Family Medicine
Several weeks: It is unusual to break a kneecap - this type of injury takes a long time to heal enough to relieve pain. Sometimes surgery is needed.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
26 years experience Hand Surgery
See a doctor: First, if you have a "broken" or fractured knee cap, then you should be under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon and asking your doctor is the right t ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vinay Pampati
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Routine: Some use a cast and others use a brace. Most fractures have to be immobilized so they do not seperate when u try to walk. I usually let people walk ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Surgery: If the knee cap is broken, it can often be repaired with surgery that includes using screws and wires to keep it together while it heels.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Patney
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Kneecap: A fracture is almost always more painful then a tendon disruption.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Bluman
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Subjective...: Its hard to grade the pain level of injuries especially between individuals.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: It depends on the severity of the fracture and the amount of damage to the articular cartilage. If it is a low-energy injury that is nondisplaced and ... Read More

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