High return to sports rates after operative treatment of patella fractures

Sebastian Pesch, Frederik Greve, Michael Zyskowski, Michael Müller, Moritz Crönlein, Peter Biberthaler, Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Markus Wurm

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Background: Patella fractures are relatively rare fractures and only little is known about the postoperative return to sports after patella fractures. Methods: This retrospective study presents information on functional outcome after operative treatment of patella fractures as well as time until return to sports and patients’ complaints after open-reduction internal-fixation (ORIF) of patella fractures. Results: Overall, 39 patients after ORIF of patella fractures were evaluated at our Level-I trauma center with a mean follow-up of 42 months. The mean time until return to sports was 7 ± 3.9 months. No significant difference was found for functional outcome with respect to body mass index (BMI) or age. Fracture consolidation was accomplished after a mean of 6.9 ± 2.9 months besides a relatively low complication rate of 5.1% (n = 2). Conclusion: The results demonstrate a high return to sports rate of 90.3%. However, only 51.6% were able to perform sports on their pre-injury level or above. Trial Registration The study was retrospectively registered at DRKS (No: DRKS00031146).

Original languageEnglish
Article number366
JournalEuropean Journal of Medical Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Fracture
  • Functional outcome
  • ORIF
  • Patella
  • Return to sports


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