In most cases, the recovery from a patella or kneecap dislocation will take around six weeks. It may take you longer to recover if there is another associated knee injury. You can usually determine that a patellar dislocation has occurred due to the position of the kneecap. The patella will typically look like it is sitting at an unusual angle.
Although a dislocated kneecap may pop back into place without treatment, you should still seek an examination from an experienced orthopedic surgeon. Never attempt to pop a dislocated patella back into place. Dr. Nic Gay or Dr. Masi Reynolds will carry out a procedure known as a reduction, which involves manipulating the kneecap back to its natural position.
During a reduction at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics, you may receive pain medication. Once the procedure is complete and the knee is back in place, a splint may be used to immobilize the joint for a short period of time. If Dr. Nic Gay or Dr. Masi Reynolds suspect there may be associated injuries or an underlying medical concern, an x-ray can provide a complete picture of the joint and any damage.
Patella Fractures and Ligament Tears
Associated injuries such as patella fractures or ligament tears may require surgery. Silicon Valley Orthopaedics is committed to providing treatment options that preserve joint stability and function. Minimally invasive surgeries are outpatient treatments, so patients can go home on the same day in most cases.
Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds will fully involve you in your individualized treatment plan at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. We take great pride in ensuring that all treatment options take the lifestyles of our patients into account.
If your patella looks or feels like it has slipped out of place after an accident or sports injury, reach out to Silicon Valley Orthopaedics for a consultation today.