What we are studying
The purpose of this research study is to compare how effective various techniques are in treating patella (knee cap) fractures. Those techniques include: open reduction and internal fixation (screws/wires), partial patellectomy (removing part of the knee cap), and complete patellectomy (removing entire knee cap). Open reduction and internal fixation is utilizing screws and/or wires to piece the bone fragments back together. Partial patellectomy is removing part of the fractured patella and complete patellectomy is removing the entire patella. The method used depends largely on how the patella was fractured and how much of the patella was damaged. However, with this study we look to compare the outcomes of patients treated with each technique which will give insight into which technique may be most effective.