Executive Editor: Jörg Auer

Authors: Alan Ruggles

Patella

back to skeleton

Glossary

Apical fractures

Please select a treatment option:
Treatment Main indication Skill Equipment
Resection Small fragments Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

Transverse fractures

Please select a treatment option:
Treatment Main indication Skill Equipment
Nonoperative fracture management Financial constraints/salvage procedure Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic equipment only
Screw/Plate fixation Simple fractures Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Simple surgical and imaging resources

Distal fractures

Please select a treatment option:
Treatment Main indication Skill Equipment
Resection Small displaced fragments Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Simple surgical and imaging resources

Comminuted fractures

Please select a treatment option:
Treatment Main indication Skill Equipment
Nonoperative fracture management Not intended for future athletic use Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic equipment only
Implant fixation Intended for future athletic use Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Simple surgical and imaging resources

Sagittal fractures

Please select a treatment option:
Treatment Main indication Skill Equipment
Nonoperative fracture management Non or minimally displaced Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic equipment only
Screw fixation Intended future athletic use Some specialized surgical experience Simple surgical and imaging resources

Parasagittal fractures

Please select a treatment option:
Treatment Main indication Skill Equipment
Nonoperative fracture management Non or minimally displaced Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic equipment only
Resection Small displaced fragments Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Simple surgical and imaging resources
*Skill
Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Some specialized surgical experience Some specialized surgical experience
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
*Equipment
Basic equipment only Basic equipment only
Simple surgical and imaging resources Simple surgical and imaging resources
Full specialized surgical and imaging resources Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

v1.0 2013-12-01