Here's my kneecap. I broke it in Nov. 08. The screw is from an ACL surgery. I don't have a picture of after surgery but they wrapped it with metal wire and put two pins in it to hold it. They took that out 9 months later. It was really rough. Sleep with a pillow between your legs if you lie on your side because otherwise it really hurts. Once you are able to move it again do so religiously. Physical therapy is the best thing you can do.
I can ski again, but I have to wear a brace because my ACL, PCL and MCL were stretched from the break. If your ligaments are fine you should make a full recovery. I have arthritis already though so be wary of that.