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Will a broken kneecap heal itself or is this doctor just avoiding her?

Asked by Aster (18198points) February 22nd, 2013

A friend of mine, 72, was in the clinic of a very small town. There were kids in the ladies room spraying water from the sinks and laughing, she slipped and fell down breaking her kneecap. Her husband refuses to sue. The clinic put a cast on it and she is now using a walker.
She went to the local doctor who acted shocked that she had a cast on. She was uncomfortable since , she claims, everyone in the town knows what happened. He then said it would “heal on its own” , gave her Norco and let her go. I suppose he doesn’t want to have to testify in a lawsuit that won’t even happen. So will it heal itself ? He did not refer her to a surgeon or order X-rays.

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JLeslie's avatar

I understand she doesn’t want to sue, but do the parents know what happened? They can still offer to pay her deductible and copays and they can draw up a waiver limiting their liability if they want.

I’m sending the Q to rarebear. He will know the answer.

Rarebear's avatar

Generally patella fractures are treated with conservative therapy meaning casting and no operation, especially in the elderly. I have no comment on the lawsuit issue.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s kind of what I was thinking, what @Rarebear said. Kind of like a broken rib. I mean, what else can you do?

Aster's avatar

@JLeslie no parents have been mentioned. No one got into any trouble that I know about. The kids just ran when the nurses came into the bathroom when she screamed. I suppose the parents could have come into the bathroom , apologized and offered to pay for treatment but everyone scattered. I am happy to hear it will repair itself with no operation needed and I will email her about that now! I wonder if she will develop arthritis in that knee. If it were me, I’d expect it.

Rarebear's avatar

@Dutchess_III They can be operated on if they are displaced.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That just sounds painful, @Rarebear!

Aster's avatar

Her knee broke almost in half and they put a screw in it to hold it together . No amount or type of painkiller they offered helped. She was up all night in agony for almost a week. Makes me wonder if the surgeon’s family members would suffer like that.
I recall my precious FIL got pancreatic cancer and he had to hunt and beg and bribe all over Chicago for morphine pills. He got what he wanted, though . He always did. It’s all about the money, you know.

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