Patella Fracture


Fractures that involve the patella (knee cap) are common injuries that usually result from a direct blow to the patella. Treatment depends on the amount of displacement of the fracture and whether the patient can straighten their leg. In non-displaced fractures, the bone has a small fracture, but the integrity of the soft tissue structures around the knee is not compromised.


In these cases, surgery is not indicated and these injuries are treated with a long leg cast and gradual progression of function. Surgery is required when the fracture is displaced or the soft tissue envelope has been disrupted. Surgery generally takes about 1 hour and involves realigning the bone and repairing the fracture with metal implants. Often, the surgery can be performed as an outpatient. Recovery is slow, usually taking 4-6 months to recover muscle strength and range of motion. The implants can cause irritation over the kneecap and may be removed after 12 months.


LA Orthopaedic Specialists
1414 South Grand Avenue, Suite 210

Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-455-8448
Fax: 213-745-8922

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