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Patellar Fracture Repair

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about patellar fracture repair?

A patellar fracture repair is surgery to repair a fractured (broken) and dislocated patella (kneecap).

Knee Anatomy

How do I prepare for patellar fracture repair?

What will happen during patellar fracture repair?

What should I expect after patella fracture repair?

Healthcare providers will watch you closely for any problems. When your providers see that you are ready, you may be allowed to go home. If you are staying in the hospital, you will be taken to your room. Do not get out of bed until your provider says it is okay.

What are the risks of patella fracture repair?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. The hardware in your knee may break or come loose. You may have stiffness in your knee after your kneecap has healed. Scar tissue may form on or under your skin where you had surgery. You may have less movement and strength in your knee and leg. Your bones may not heal properly after surgery. You may develop a blood clot in your leg. This may become life-threatening.

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