Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Florian Gebhard, Phil Kregor, Chris Oliver

Patella

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The patello-femoral joint is the heaviest-loaded joint in the body. Any compromise of the joint surface is likely to lead to degenerative joint disease.
It is, therefore, highly desirable, in patellar fractures to strive for anatomical reduction of the joint surface and stable fixation. In addition, a treatment goal is restoration of function of the knee extensor mechanism.

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