A knee fracture involves breaking one or more of the bones that make up the knee joint: the femur (thigh bone), the patella (the knee cap), or the tibia (shin bone). Such an injury may occur from a twisted knee after a car accident, a hard fall onto the knee, during a sporting activity or as a result of disease. This makes patella fracture repair an important treatment so that injured patients can go on with their lives.
Our orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills are leading experts in their field and formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of knee conditions. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. They also benefit from our knowledge and expertise of the very latest knee fracture fixation procedures.
Patella Fracture Fixation
A knee fracture involves breaking one or more of the bones that make up the knee joint: the femur (thigh bone), the patella (the knee cap), or the tibia (shin bone). Such an injury may occur after a car accident, a hard fall onto the knee, or during a sporting activity or as a result of disease.
A patella fracture is a serious injury, as it occurs on a weight-bearing joint. Symptoms of a knee fracture include severe knee pain, knee swelling, knee deformity, and the inability to achieve a full range of motion or put weight on the knee. Because it is important that a knee fracture heal in an anatomically correct way, timely repair and restoration of anatomy are critical in order to receive the best results. Most often knee fracture fixation surgery is recommended for all but the most non displaced knee fracture patterns.
Knee Fracture Diagnosis
An orthopedic surgeon can diagnose a knee fracture by taking X-rays of the knee joint. In some instances, the exact nature of the fracture pattern will not be discernible from the X-ray and a CT scan or MRI may be required. A CT scan provides a three-dimensional reconstruction of the knee and allows the doctor to classify the fracture based on pattern: Extra-articular in which the fracture does not extend across the joint surface, and intra-articular in which the fracture across the articular surface. Once identified, the surgeon will be able to develop a more definitive plan for fixation.
The course of treatment for a knee fracture is developed based on the bone that has been fractured and the severity of the fracture. Often a small patella fracture can be treated non-surgically with rest, elevation, cold compress and the application of splint or cast. A fracture of the femur typically requires surgical stabilization. Intra-articular knee fractures will usually require surgical treatment in which fractured ends of the joint are realigned and held in place using some combination of screws, pins, plates and wires.
Patella Fracture Repair FAQ
Q: If I sustain a patella fracture, will I permanently lose any knee movement?
A: Loss of knee movement can be minimized with surgical fixation of the knee joint surface and a comprehensive post-operative rehabilitation program.
Q: What complications might be associated with knee fracture repair surgery?
A: A common complication is that the metal implants used during the surgery end up causing pain. A second procedure may be performed to remove the implants. Additional complications include infection, persistent knee joint pain, loss of motion and failure to heal.
Q: How can I reduce pain in my fractured knee?
A: Once the knee has been immobilized, elevate on pillows and apply ice to reduce pain and swelling.
Q: Can a knee fracture result in arthritis of the knee joint?
A: Arthritis in the knee joint is a possibility if the fracture heals in the wrong position or if there is damage to cartilage during the time of injury.
Contact the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence
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