It takes 8 to 12 weeks for a fracture to unite.
It can take up to 8 months to a year to reach the pre-fracture level.
Loss of Knee movement can be prevented by stable and strong surgical fixation of the fracture allowing early post-operative mobilization of the Knee joint. Meticulous handling of the skin and muscles around the Knee during surgery so as to minimize the scar tissue formation.
Late collapse of the fracture usually occurs if the patient starts walking before the fracture has healed adequately. This can be prevented by allowing the patient to walk only after complete healing of the fracture has occurred.
Arthritis is a late complication of this fracture that usually occurs after a few years. If can be prevented by accurate re-alignment of the fracture fragments as close to normal as possible. Nothing less than perfect should be accepted.