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How long does it take to heal a broken patella?

How long does it take to heal a broken patella?

Fracture: It generally takes 6 to 10 weeks to heal a patella fracture. Certainly the severity of the injury and how it is treated will influence healing time. Some patella fractures are treated with surgery and some are not. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more


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How long for a broken patella to heal ?

How long for a broken patella to heal
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Healing is different: Healing is different in petella , is sesmoid bone buried in a tendon , unlike normal bone heals by fibrosis which takes longer time , some need surgical removal of smaller fragment . Speak to your orthopedic surgeon, also possible you may have other associated injuries to the ligaments of knee ...Read more

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For a broken patella, how long would an elderly patient be expected to be on pain killers? Patient has been on pain killers for a month now.

For a broken patella, how long would an elderly patient be expected to be on pain killers?  Patient has been on pain killers for a month now.

Pain killers: This really depends on the healing - elderly folks take longer to heal - however the requirement for the medication should decrease as the healing proceeds,. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured patella to heal?

How long does it take for a fractured patella to heal?

Varies: It varies somewhat on the nature of the fracture, but usually about 6-8weeks. Also, x-rays will show when it heals as well. ...Read more

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How long will a hairline fractured patella(knee cap) normally take to heal and what do I do to speed up the process?

How long will a hairline fractured patella(knee cap) normally take to heal and what do I do to speed up the process?

6-8 weeks: A fracture usually takes 6-8 weeks to heal, but there are many factors that can slow this down. Smoking, use of certain medications and excessive motion can all slow down the process. Nothing you can eat or srink will speed the process, but quitting smoking, avoiding Ibuprofen or Naproxen and proper immobility will help maximize healing. ...Read more

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I have a broken patella. is surgery necessary?

I have a broken patella.  is surgery necessary?

Yes: yes surgery is require the patella is like the fulcrum where the knee is able to bend.Good luck ...Read more

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What do I expect when my physio says that i need hard work on my recent broken patella?

What do I expect when my physio says that i need hard work on my recent broken patella?

Depends on what your: Orthopod advises, so check with him. Is it healed or is it recently broken? One loses the thigh muscles very quickly if knee joint is immobilized for any length of time, so you'll definitely need intensive pt to exercise the weakened muscles back to normal strength. It can 2-3 months. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I expect when my physio says that I need hard work on my recent broken patella?

What can I expect when my physio says that I need hard work on my recent broken patella?

Motion once healing: Once the patella is stable or healed enough to allow for active motion, your surgeon will want you to begin moving your knee and mobilizing the patella to alleviate the development of knee stiffness. You may be able to walk with the knee locked straight (in a brace), but your surgeon will be the one to make theis determination. ...Read more

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Elder man had surgery for broken patella. Transferred to a care/rehab facility. What will they do for him, length of time, and purpose of stay?

Elder man had surgery for broken patella.  Transferred to a care/rehab facility. What will they do for him, length of time,  and purpose of stay?

Rehab: They will help him get his strength back and make sure his balance good and give him correct techniques for mobilization. Length of stay depends on his situation but could be week or so. ...Read more