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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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How long for a broken patella to heal?

How long for a broken patella to heal?

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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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

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Fell on right knee on 02/02/14 X-ray showed broken patella. Mri on 02/09 showed large hematoma. On warfarin for prothestic aortic valve what can I do?

Fell on right knee on 02/02/14 X-ray showed broken patella. Mri on 02/09 showed large hematoma. On warfarin for prothestic aortic valve what can I do?

Basic option.: If the fracture is together and the pieces are not separated then a long leg knee brace can be used to let the fracture heals over six weeks. With the blood in the knee joint, which is the hematoma, from the broken kneecap, if it is a very swollen it can be drained and that fluid pressure can be reduced. I would also use gentle compression and intermittent ice. Discuss this further with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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For fractured patella, on average how long expected to be on pain killers, dosage, and what is possibility of addiction? Kind of pain killers used?

For fractured patella, on average how long expected to be on pain killers, dosage, and what is possibility of addiction? Kind of pain killers used?

It depends: Most people don't readily get addicted to opioids at sixty and older. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks as the saying goes. They have side effects though so I would want you off of them in a week or so. If pain continues to be an issue always ask about other options. ...Read more

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How long after a fractured patella should I start rehab.

How long after a fractured patella should I start rehab.

Depends: Depends on how bad and what type of fx it was and what if anything was done to fix it. ...Read more

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I have a fractured patella, the ER dr. Said to see ortho asap. I have an apt. Tomorrow morning. What should I expect? Do you want to see xray?

Depends: A displaced fracture (where the bone fragments are separated) of the patella usually requires surgery. If the fragments are not displaced, then a cast or brace may ybe used. ...Read more

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Quads not firing and knee swollen and I have a limp 4 months after fractured patella, no surgery needed just cast.

Quads not firing: Does that me you cannot extend you leg? Kick your foot straight out in front of you from the hip with a leg straight and hold it up?

Patellar fractures may be associated with patellar tendon rupture and if you had this your knee would feel less stable and swell and you would not be able to extend your leg.
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What is the preferred method of splinting a fractured patella?

What is the preferred method of splinting a fractured patella?

Bracing 6 weeks: Non displaced fractures are treated in a long leg brace in extension for approximately 6 weeks and then gradual bending is started along with physical therapy to rebuild your atrophied muscles. ...Read more

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Recent fractured patella. Severe allergies to opiates. Suggestions?

Recent fractured patella. Severe allergies to opiates. Suggestions?

Nerve block: Are you talking about surgery or ongoing pain? For surgery: spinal or epidural. If not ask for IV acetaminophen. For daily management: motrin, tylenol. ...Read more

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How long does it take a patella to heal after surgery?

6 wks: Without knowing what you had done it is hard to say for sure. Did you have a broken patella repaired? If so roughly 6 weeks for bone the heal then maybe another 6 or so weeks of therapy. ...Read more

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How long does a dislocated patella typically take to heal?

How long does a dislocated patella typically take to heal?

Time varies, but PT: Helps. Patella subluxation/ dislocation rehab focuses on stregthening the surrounding muscles to compensate for ligament laxity. Most subl/ disloc occur laterally (moves outward), & if this is the case with you, focusing on medial (inside) musculature would be recommended. There is also a brace that may be helpful.

Before returning to exercises have a x-ray to check for bone or cartilage damage. ...Read more

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How long does dislocated patella take to heal?

Weeks: If this is your first dislocation, typically it takes a couple of weeks for the acute pain and swelling to subside. Subsequently, as you begin your rehabilitation, there will be stiffness and soreness that can take a few months to completely resolve. ...Read more

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How long will a dislocated patella take to heal?

Varies: Initial dislocations without significant associated injuries can recover in 4- 6 weeks. Recurrent dislocations or those associated with other injuries may take longer or require surgical treatment to fully recover. Often partial recovery occurs in which one can perform activities in a brace but some symptoms may persist. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture of the patella take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture of the patella take to heal?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully recover from a patella dislocation and to be able to do activities like running? I'm now 3 months in rehab.

Varies: This all depends on your progress with therapy, your patellar tracking/stability and your quad strength. This varies from patient to patient. Work hard in rehab and follow the advice of your doctor and therapist. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from an injured patella tendon?

How long will it take to recover from an injured patella tendon?

It depend: The injury could be due to fracture of the pattela ths could take about 8-12 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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I just want to know how long does it take for a doctor to repair a patella on a replacement?

I just want to know how long does it take for a doctor to repair a patella on a replacement?

Don't understand.. .: The question. Do u mean how long 2 do the procedure of replacement of the under surface of the patella in a tkr or do u mean repair a failed patellar resurfacing? B more specific ; then u can get an answer. ...Read more

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How long it takes for a knee patella dislocation to back in place?

How long it takes for a knee patella dislocation to back in place?

Needs help to fix: If you've truly dislocated your patella, then you should seek care right away so that the dislocation can be reduced, and any further care for the injury can be rendered. Splint the leg in your position of comfort and apply an ice pack, then get to the ER. If this is a chronic problem, then you may benefit from physical therapy, and perhaps a brace. Consultation with an ortho or sports med. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a patella ACL injury?

How long does it take to recover from a patella ACL injury?

Depends: Patella injuries and acl injuries are very different and encompasse a wide variation of different injuries. Each injury has very different recovery times. They vary from 2 weeks for a patella bruise, 12 weeks for a patella fracture, 4 months for a patella tendon rupture, to 8-9 months after surgery following an acl reconstruction. Time to visit your friendly neighborhood orthopedic surgeon! ...Read more

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Patella dislocation how long does it take to walk after a patella dislocation? I can hardly move at all.

Patella dislocation how long does it take to walk after a patella dislocation? I can hardly move at all.

This can be: Quite painful. I assume it was reduced (put back in place). Also and unstable injury initially so high chance it will happen again if you go back to vigorous activity too soon. If you can not bear weight at least work hard on range of motion. ...Read more

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Fractured dislocated patella. How long would it take to recover?

8-12 weeks: It depend what kind of fracture and the treatment method. ...Read more

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Shud patella tendinopathy bursistis take a year to heal after 4 month rehab not much change in swelling pain what elsecan I try to do to fix this?

Make sure of it: Make sure that what you are being treated for is actually what it is. If you are not sure, then consider another opinion. Four months is a reasonably long enough to treat an inflammatory condition conservatively. Other testing may be needed, and other interventions may be warranted by the results. ...Read more

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I had 6 stitches in my patella region in knee. It's scabbed over & moist & the edges are sealed up. How much longer will it take to seal up completely?

I had 6 stitches in my patella region in knee. It's scabbed over & moist & the edges are sealed up. How much longer will it take to seal up completely?

Sutures can: Come at about 2 weeks, but complete healing will not take place for one year, barring any complications such as inection. Healing is a gradual process. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from meniscus removal and patella cartilage repair?

How long does it take to recover from meniscus removal and patella cartilage repair?

See below: Most of my arthroscopic patients with menisectomy and patella chondroplasty are walking well in a few days and back to sports in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Had arthroscopy for "lateral tilt&subluxation of patella w/ flexion-extension. A lateral retinacular release was performed w/ VAPR." How long to heal?

Had arthroscopy for "lateral tilt&subluxation of patella w/ flexion-extension. A lateral retinacular release was performed w/ VAPR." How long to heal?

6-12 wks with rehab: An arthroscopic lateral retinacular release is occasionally performed to alleviate lateral patellar facet pain and compression. The recovery usually takes between 6 to 12 weeks under the guidance of physical therapy. Ask your surgeon foe the plan for your specific rehabilitation. ...Read more

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How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury I suffered 2 yrs ago.

How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury I suffered 2 yrs ago.

Usually 6-8 weeks: You are way outside the window for calling it due to a bone bruise--should be seen by an orthopedist for history, exam & likely new x-rays to see what is going on. It may be trying to tell you something. ...Read more

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How long does it take knee swelling to go when cast comes off for patella fracture?

Days to weeks: It can take days to weeks for the swelling to resolve, but as long as your x-rays show progressive healing of the fracture, then you should see progressive improvement of the swelling. Try elevating the knee when you are at rest, and you could also try an ace wrap. ...Read more