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Offline sig820

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How long in immobilizer after patella fracture?
« on: October 23, 2009, 02:22:12 PM »
I am trying to determine if 12 weeks, is an excessive amount of time in an immobilizer after a patella fracture.  How long were you immobilized? 
8/10/08 Patella Fracture with Dislocation
8/11/08 Surgery
8/20/08 Staples removed
9/8/08 Start PT
9/12/08 30deg ROM
9/19/08 40deg ROM
9/22/08 Patella re-fractured
10/30/08 Specialist says"no fracture"
10/31/08 Back to PT
11/14/08 Stuck @ 40 deg
11/19/08 Arthro Surgery with MUA

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Re: How long in immobilizer after patella fracture?
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009, 07:00:48 PM »
sig,
How did you re-fracture?

I shattered patella 8-26-09, surgery 8-27, and have been using crutches and adjustable brace/immobilizer since.
I am at 45 ROM but no formal P.T. yet and the knee sometimes still gives out.
This seems slow to me but maybe the doc is keeping me from "re-fracturing".
Ant ideas?
ray

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Re: How long in immobilizer after patella fracture?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2009, 02:15:22 PM »
Ray,

It's a long story,  but in short,  the original ortho said no movement at all till patella was totally healed.  Then thought it refractured from PT.  Decided at that time it was time for a knew specialist.  Specialist looked at all x-rays and said it was NOT refractured just a slight difference in views from x-ray to x-ray.  Needless to say, specialist said after a patella fracture when screws are installed, he would only limit ROM for 2-4 weeks may.  To many issues of scar tissue building up and other muscles loosing strength with no movement.  After all other surgeries used CPM for several hours a day.  .  And thats what happened after 12 weeks.  Minimal ROM.  One year and 4 surgeries later will never have full ROM.  Heel is about 4" from butt.  Whenever i talk to someone who has had similar surgery they mentioned how quickly they were in PT. 

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8/10/08 Patella Fracture with Dislocation
8/11/08 Surgery
8/20/08 Staples removed
9/8/08 Start PT
9/12/08 30deg ROM
9/19/08 40deg ROM
9/22/08 Patella re-fractured
10/30/08 Specialist says"no fracture"
10/31/08 Back to PT
11/14/08 Stuck @ 40 deg
11/19/08 Arthro Surgery with MUA















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