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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. Andrew Berry
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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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What causes a medial meniscus to be displaced? I had plica removed medial. Could that be the cause. This was seen on a MRI 4 months after surgery

What causes a medial meniscus to be displaced? I had plica removed medial. Could that be the cause. This was seen on a MRI 4 months after surgery

The meniscus can: Be displaced if it is torn. A plica has nothing to do with the meniscus. A displaced meniscus or tear can be quite painful as it slips in and out of the knee joint with flexion and extension. You will also feel catching, locking and giving out. Your knee can also have an effusion or swelling. ...Read more

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Had achillies tendon surgery about 4 weeks ago. In a cast the whole time. Boot is next. Is this with or without crutches. Need life back.

Had achillies tendon surgery about 4 weeks ago. In a cast the whole time. Boot is next. Is this with or without crutches. Need life back.

Life: You may need your life back , but you need to be patient. That attitude will actually delay your healing or ruin the surgery necessitating another surgery all because you want to be active too soon. Follow your surgeon's instructions to the letter and you will be fine. ...Read more

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I'm 29 and had arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn Subscapularis and remove a bone spur, 7 weeks in and it still hurts, is this normal?

I'm 29 and had arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn Subscapularis and remove a bone spur, 7 weeks in and it still hurts, is this normal?

Varies: Some degree of pain following surgery is normal. It also may depend in part on how bad things were as well. I would discuss directly with your surgeon to ensure you are making appropriate progress. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

I can be: After a wrist fracture it is normal to have pain and swelling for many months sometimes as long a 6 months to a year. Therapy can help reduce the swelling and improve your motion. See your doctor to make sure nothing else is going on and that this is normal soreness after a fracture. ...Read more

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If an acl was ruptured years ago but healed, would it be as strong after a healed rupture or would there be laxity of the fibres within the acl?

If an acl was ruptured years ago but healed, would it be as strong after a healed  rupture or would there be laxity of the fibres within the acl?

ACL is a ligament: and will never be as strong as it was before the injury. After the injury, swelling and bleeding will go away as healing takes place, but ligament fibers do not regenerate as a general rule. ...Read more

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Where is anterior scar tissue? Should it be removed in the knee? I had surgery over a year ago for plica and partial chondroplasty? Help

Where is anterior scar tissue? Should it be removed in the knee? I had surgery over a year ago for plica and partial chondroplasty? Help

Between portals: Scar tissue can form deep to the patellar tendon, within the fat pad that lies between the two anterior portals in the front of your knee. Though nonoperative treatment and physical therapy is preferred, repeat surgery to release and debride the irregular tissue is ocassionally indicated to regain motion and decrease pain. ...Read more

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Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

It : It will usually take a few weeks for the swelling to subside. If you have some arthritis as well as a meniscus tear it can take longer for the fluid in your knee to be absorbed. At two weeks post-operation i would not be too worried about having an occasionally swollen knee. ...Read more

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If a cast for a dislocated ankle and broken fibula is removed prematurely and the same ankle brakes again within days, what is the likely outcome?

If a cast for a dislocated ankle and broken fibula is removed prematurely and the same ankle brakes again within days, what is the likely outcome?

Cast Away !!!: Probably a more aggressive surgical intervention with a prolonged healing time. A more permanent degree of swelling and possibility of developing a chronically disagreeable ankle. ...Read more

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Been limping for a long time. My left femur dislocated from its socket to some extent. Can this be fixed with a surgery.

Been limping for a long time. My left femur dislocated from its socket to some extent. Can this be fixed with a surgery.

Perhaps: But you need to see doctor right away and have your diagnostic tests and then see what are the treatment options. This is a serious issue so get going ...Read more

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After a surgical repair of a zygomatic arch fracture 2 weeks ago, how should recovery go as far as mobility of the jaw? When should it improve?

After a surgical repair of a zygomatic arch fracture 2 weeks ago, how should recovery go as far as mobility of the jaw? When should it improve?

Zygoma Fracture: Zygomatic arch fractures can impinge the lower jaw causing decreased mobility. After surgical repair there is swelling that can hinder jaw motion for a few weeks. Your jaw motion should be improving soon. Discuss this issue with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Would surgery be required for a mildly displaced trimalleolar fracture? And what is the typical recovery time to walk and then return to sport use?

Surgery likely: Most trimalleolar fractures are unstable, meaning they involve significant ligament injury & the bones will not heal in the correct position without surgery. Make sure you are following up with an ortho surgeon skilled in the management of these fractures. Total recovery time 6-12 months. If I can be of help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-ClarkeHolmes ...Read more

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Is it normal for the kneecap to be wiggly after total knee replacement? (1 week since surgery)

Is it normal for the kneecap to be wiggly after total knee replacement? (1 week since surgery)

Potentially: I would discuss any concerns with your surgeon, but there certainly is some degree of healing that must occur in the patella after a knee replacement. The patella is actually inverted inside out to expose and replace its undersurface with a polyethylene bearing surface, then the medial aspect of the quadriceps mechanism, which helps in tracking of the patella, must be divided and then repaired. ...Read more

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I'm getting a lateral release and chondroplasty in a few weeks. How long is normal to be able to put wait on that knee?

I'm getting a lateral release and chondroplasty in a few weeks. How long is normal to be able to put wait on that knee?

Depends on MD: This would depend on the surgeon and approach but most people are asked to use crutches after these procedures and to start putting weight on the knee as tolerated based on pain. Make sure you are your surgeon and follow his/her instructions. ...Read more

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Can a orthopedic surgery see if the meniscus is displaced during surgery? I had plica removed then had MRI and it showed displacement. Please explain

Can a orthopedic surgery see if the meniscus is displaced during surgery? I had plica removed then had MRI and it showed displacement. Please explain

Yes: A displaced meniscus tear should have been noted at the time of surgery. When the plica is removed the menisci are evaluated at the same time. If a displaced meniscus tear is seen on MRI it is either a new injury or it is not a true finding. ...Read more

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I dislocated my patella twice in 4 months after doing physical therapy the first time. Should surgery be the main treatment or should rehab?

I dislocated my patella twice in 4 months after doing physical therapy the first time. Should surgery be the main treatment or should rehab?

Rehab before surgery: You're describing a recurrent patella dislocation syndrome. Rehabilitation is always preferred prior to surgery. In the meantime, use of a knee sleeve with a lateral buttress might discourage the knee from dislocating during sport play. Surgery does not always solve the problem. Seek out a competent Orthopedic specialist for advice and persistent problems. ...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