Evolution of Technology

Patella Fracture Open Reduction Internal Fixation

Given the high complication rate with metal wires, alternative methods of fixation were developed. Included among these was the advent of dense and durable sutures which function in a similar fashion as the metal wires. The theoretical benefits of this technique is that patient’s will have less painful hardware and decreased need for revision surgeries compared to wire fixation. Ultimately, this culminates to better patient outcomes. In addition, hybrid methods to fix the patella exist where screws are used to fix the fracture and then suture material is used to further reinforce and stabilize the fracture.