Understanding your knee fracture injury is important.
Let us try to help explain some of this to you.
On behalf of Dr. Pranav Shah and the orthopaedic team we hope to serve you soon!
1. Introduction of Region:
The knee joint is formed by lower end of thigh bone (Femur), the patella (your knee cap) and upper end of the leg bone (Tibia).Fractures around the knee are common in children, but the pattern of knee fractures differs. Knee fracture can result in neurovascular compromise or compartment syndrome- both of which are limb threatening (can cause amputation). Soft tissue infection or osteomyelitis may occur with open fractures.
2. Causes of Fracture:
Common causes of knee fracture are,
- Road traffic accident
- Fall from motor cycle/ two wheeler
- Motor vehicle accident (Dash Board Injury)
- Fall from height
- Domestic fall (fall in bathroom in elderly people)
3. Do I Require Surgery? :
These fractures are serious injuries and often require surgery to heal. Over the long term, they may cause arthritis in the knee. Surgery is required for anatomical realignment, so as to delay the onset of arthritis. Surgery is also required to repair major ligament injuries and stabilize the knee.
4. What are the Benefits of Surgery? :
The benefits of surgery are,
- Relief of pain
- Restoration of normal Anatomy
- Aimed to achieve painless full function of the knee joint
- Preventing major complications like compartment syndrome, infection and early arthritis
5. What is the recovery process? :
Immediately after surgery medication and elevation and exercises are started to decrease pain and swelling and encourage mobility. Patient should not bear wait for minimum six weeks.
Whether your treatment involves surgery or not, rehabilitation plays a vital role in getting you back to your daily activities. Keeping your leg immobilized in a cast can result in knee stiffness and weak thigh muscles. Specific exercises will help strengthen your leg muscles and restore range of motion in your knee. Your doctor will tell you when you can begin to put weight on your leg. Initial weight-bearing exercise is usually limited to gently touching your toe to the floor. As your injury heals and your muscles strengthen, you will gradually be able to put more weight on your leg.
6. What are the risks in the Surgery? :
Risks associated with knee fracture surgery are mainly (but not restricted to,
- Problem with fracture healing like nonunion, mal union and implant loosening
- Knee stiffness and deformity
7. Does Age Affect Recovery? :
Yes, problems withold age like osteoporosis and diabetes can adversely affect bone healing.
AMOGST THE BEST ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS IN INDIA
Dr. Pranav A. Shah is working currently as the Director of Orthopedic Trauma and Hip surgeries at CIMS hospital a JCI approved tertiary care well reputed corporate hospital in Ahmedabad. He was practicing earlier as a Senior Orthopedic Trauma Consultant Surgeon at Shalby Hospital, Ahmedabad from 2007 to 2017. Dr. Pranav Shah is a celebrated name as an eminent Orthopedic Surgeon who is highly recommended and referred to, because of his excellent skills and results even in most complex cases.