How long does it take to bend your knee after patella surgery?
After 4 weeks, start bending your knee. In the first week bend your knee up to 30 degree and increase knee bending every week by 30 degree to get full movement by 8 -10 weeks.
How long is recovery for patella surgery?
Most patients will be able to return to their normal activities within 3 to 6 months. For patients with severe fractures, the return to activity may take longer. Your doctor may suggest some lifestyle changes to help protect your knee and prevent future problems.
How do you walk after patella surgery?
If the bone has healed, you may be able to start walking without crutches. Physical therapy continues for another two to four weeks after that, or until the patella has healed enough that you don’t experience pain during low-impact physical activities.
How long do I have to wear a brace after patella surgery?
You may have to wear the brace for at least 6 weeks. At that point you will be advanced into a smaller brace.. Washing & Bathing: You should be careful to keep the wound clean and dry for the first 48 hours after surgery.
How long after patella surgery can I drive?
Specific risks and complications include but aren’t limited to re-tear and post-op stiffness. When can I drive? You may not drive while taking pain medication. In addition, if it is your right knee that had surgery, you will not be able to drive for approximately 6 weeks after surgery or until the brace is removed.
Do patellar tendons grow back?
We use the patellar tendon because it has a higher success rate than the other graft options available. It is the strongest type of graft found in the body and is just as strong as a normal ACL. The other benefit is that the tendon will grow back after taking the tissue out to create the new ACL.
How do I loosen my knee cap after surgery?
Place your unaffected leg under your affected leg, fully supporting it. Slowly let your affected knee bend by lowering your feet. At some point, you will feel a gentle stretch. Hold for the desired amount of time, and then use your unaffected side to help straighten your knee out once again.
Can you still walk on a fractured patella?
In most cases, patients can walk while the bone heals as long as the brace keeps the knee straight during ambulation. Most patients use crutches, a walker or a cane for stability during the healing process.
When can I shower after patella surgery?
It is ok to shower or sponge bathe 2 days after surgery but you must keep your knee clean and dry at all cost! This usually entails keeping your leg outside the shower, using saran wrap or a large plastic bag to protect your wounds.