Q: How long does the fracture take to unite?
It takes 8 to 12 weeks for a fracture to unite.
Q: How long does it take to reach the activity and strength level as before the fracture?
It can take upto 8 months to a year to reach the the pre-fracture level.
Q: How can loss of knee movement be prevented?
Loss of knee movement can be prevented by stable and strong surgical fixation of the fracture allowing early postoperative mobilization of the knee joint. Meticulous handling of the skin and muscles around the knee during surgery so as to minimise the scar tissue formation.
Q: How can late collapse be prevented?
Late collapse of the fracture usually occurs if the patient starts walking before the fracture has healed adequately. This can be prevented by allowing the patient to walk only after complete healing of the fracture has occured.
Q: How can arthritis be prevented?
Arthritis is a late complication of this fracture that usually occurs after a few years. If can be prevented by accurate re-alignment of the fracture fragments as close to normal as possible. Nothing less than perfect should be accepted.