J Knee Surg 2013; 26(05): 309-312
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1353990
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Complications of Patellar Fracture Repair: Treatment and Results

Jeffrey Petrie
1   Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida
Adam Sassoon
1   Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida
Joshua Langford
1   Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida
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Publication History

01 July 2013

08 July 2013

Publication Date:
16 August 2013 (online)


Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of patellar fractures generally leads to good results; however, the potential for surgical complications exists. Nonunion, infection, posttraumatic arthritis, arthrofibrosis, symptomatic hardware, and extensor mechanism insufficiency have all been described following patellar ORIF, and the risk of their occurrence may be augmented by patient-, injury-, and treatment-related factors. When complications arise, advanced reconstructive techniques are often required for successful management. This review will report the incidence of the aforementioned complications, highlight risk factors contributing to their frequency, discuss treatment options, and present the reported results of selected treatment strategies from available literature.

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