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Offline wiccacat

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Nonsurgical treatment of patella fracture
« on: January 23, 2008, 04:49:34 PM »
Hi! This is my first post. I fell on Monday evening and went to ER Tuesday morning. I have a fracture but the kneecap pieces are all in correct position. I received a brace. I am going to a specialist this afternoon and want to avoid surgery. The ER doctor seemed to think it wouldn't be necessary, but I'm afraid the surgeon will push it. Do any of you have experience with nonsurgical treatment? And what's the recovery time for walking? The paperwork from ER says that using the brace you may be a ble to walk in a couple of days! This seems hard to believe, but my knee already does hurt a lot less.

Thanks all!

Wendy

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Re: Nonsurgical treatment of patella fracture
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2008, 08:43:19 PM »
It's certainly possible for it to heal on its own but it's one of those things where you'll probably have to wait a few weeks to find out. My friend broke hers and didn't need surgery but she had to wait six weeks to make sure it healed correctly. Regardless, no doctor can force you to have surgery that you don't want. Most doctors are busy enough that they don't need to push people into surgery that they don't need. If you don't trust your doctor than a second opinion is essential. If you need surgery then you should have a second or third opinion anyway.

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Re: Nonsurgical treatment of patella fracture
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2008, 10:25:05 PM »
Thanks a lot! The doctor said it was healing well and that surgery looked too aggressive at this point. He was also worried about arthritis developing. I see him again in 2 weeks.

Also, looks like there may be no more jogging in my life. I run some but really feel for the serious dedicated runners who confront these problems. Fortunately I like walking, spinning, and yoga too.















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