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Knee Fracture Surgery

What is Knee Fracture Surgery?

A knee fracture is a broken bone or a crack in or around the joint of the knee. This can involve the tibia (shin bone), the kneecap (patella), or femur (thighbone) where they connect with the knee.

Knee fracture surgery is a surgical procedure performed to correct the cracked or broken bones in or around the knee to restore normal anatomical function, stability, and motion. 

Causes of Knee Fracture

Most knee fractures are caused by a direct hit to the knee.  Other common causes of knee fractures include falls, car accidents, sports activities, or even severe muscle contractions in rare cases.

Symptoms of Knee Fractures

Some of the common symptoms of knee fractures include:

Indications for Knee Fracture Surgery

Conservative measures such as casting or bracing can be used for knee fractures that are not displaced but severe fractures that are displaced will require surgery to repair the fracture with hardware such as screws and plates to ensure proper healing of the bones.

Diagnosing a Knee Fracture

To make an accurate diagnosis and recommend suitable treatment, your doctor will undertake the following measures:

Surgical Treatment for Knee Fractures

Some of the common surgeries employed for treatment of a knee fracture include:

Postoperative Care

Instructions as part of postoperative care would include:

Risks and Complications of Knee Fracture Surgery

As with any surgery, some of the potential risks and complications of knee fracture surgery may include:

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