[Indications for the conservative treatment of patella fractures].

  title={[Indications for the conservative treatment of patella fractures].},
  author={W. Braun},
  journal={Der Unfallchirurg},
  volume={93 8},
  • W. Braun
  • Published 1990 in Der Unfallchirurg
It is uncontested that most patellar fractures have to be treated by open reduction and internal fixation. Nevertheless, there are well-defined types of patellar fractures in which such a procedure is unnecessary, either because the fracture is stable or because the retropatellar surface is intact. In these fractures internal fixation would constitute overtreatment; conservative treatment yields good results in such cases.