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Patellar Fracture Repair


A patellar fracture repair is surgery to repair a fractured and displaced patella.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Brace, cast, or splint care:

  • Check the skin around the device every day. Apply lotion to any red or sore areas.
  • Ask your healthcare provider when you can bathe. Do not get the device wet. Cover it with 2 plastic bags. Tape the bags above the device to prevent water from getting in. Keep your knee out of the water as much as possible.
  • Do not push or lean on any part of the cast or splint because it may break.
  • Do not put any sharp or pointed objects inside the cast.

Crutches or a cane:

Your healthcare provider will tell you when you can start to use crutches or a cane. These devices support your knee when you walk to help prevent a fall. Follow instructions about how much weight to put on your injured leg. Use these devices as directed.

Walking with Crutches

Wound care:

Ask your healthcare provider how to care for your wound.

Physical therapy:

A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, and feels warm.
  • You have pus coming from your wound.
  • The hardware in your knee is poking you or is painful.
  • Your knee pain gets worse or does not go away, even after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your cast or splint breaks or gets damaged.
  • Your foot or toes are swollen, cold, numb, or they turn white or blue.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You fall and injure the knee that you had surgery on.
  • Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and have shortness of breath.
  • You have chest pain. You may have more pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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