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Is it imperative to get surgery to repair a shattered knee cap immediately?

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Dr. David Feig answered

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Yes: The kneecap or patella is very important for appropriate knee motion. If its a serious fracture in multiple pieces, then i would seriously consider surgery. It generally will heal much better if the pieces are put back together! its much more complicated but the final result is very important--poor healing will lead to even worse arthritis and more problems down the road.

Answered 4/25/2015

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