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Within what time period should a patella fracture be removed in surgery?

Within what time period should a patella fracture be removed in surgery?

Hardware removal: Assuming the question is when to have surgery to remove patella hardware after fixation. Hardware need not ever be removed unless becomes loose or painful. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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7 yr ago lower distal pole fracture patella. 3 years ago wire removed (broke). Kneeling on that knee is very uncomfortable or painful. Normal?

7 yr ago lower distal pole fracture patella. 3 years ago wire removed (broke). Kneeling on that knee is very uncomfortable or painful. Normal?

No: Not normal, but not unusual. You have probably developed some degree of post-traumatic arthritis in the under surface of your patella, otherwise known as chondromalacia. Don't hesitate to be seen if you are having a lot of trouble with it. ...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 often should one get physiotherapy after patella fracture?

How often should one get physiotherapy after patella fracture?

Typically 3 days/wk: Rehabilitation plays a vital role in getting you back to your daily activities. Keeping your leg immobilized in a cast can result in knee stiffness and weak thigh muscles. Specific exercises will help strengthen your leg muscles and restore range of motion in your knee. Your doctor will tell you when you can begin to put weight on your leg and start therapy. ...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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Ok, xray results say acute transverse non-displaced horizontal lower pole patella fracture. What now?

Ok, xray results say acute transverse non-displaced horizontal lower pole patella fracture. What now?

See orthopedist: Treatment varies but if u are able to lift your leg up straight(slr), then more than likely u can be treated in a knee immobilizer, crutches.If the fracture is more towards the 'center' of the patella and shows signs that it may 'come apart' or displace than surgical fixation(orif)is indicated generally w/k wires or screws and 'tension-band' fixation.Se your ors.Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the normal treatment for a patella fracture? Not sure whether it's displaced yet. Very painful!

What is the normal treatment for a patella fracture? Not sure whether it's displaced yet. Very painful!

Immobilize: Treatment begins with a long leg knee immobilizer. If displaced, you need to surgically stabilize the fracture after lining it back up and then immobilize it for approximately 6 weeks until it has healed then begin bending and strengthening. ...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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What determines whether a cast or immobilizer is used for patella fracture?

What determines whether a cast or immobilizer is used  for patella fracture?

Varies: If u have a patellar fracture that does not require surgery then a cylinder cast or knee immobilizer is generally used. Either is appropriate.. Casts are sometimes used to ensure the fracture will not 'displace' and in patients who may not follow their doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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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 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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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more