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Hip Fracture

Hip Fracture

Hip fractures can be very serious and generally effect elderly men and women. While recovery is generally slow, patients can regain their health with the right care.

Steps to Recovery

Step 1 Physical Evaluation

Step one is to have your hip evaluated by a physician. The physician will consider your symptoms and conduct a physical exam to evaluate your hips strength, stability, and range-of-motion. X-rays and MRIs may be required to show internal injuries. Based on your examination, your physician will let you know if surgery is necessary to improve your hips function.

Hip Fracture

X-rays are used to detect bone injuries & malfunctions

Step 2 Treatment

Your physician will need to reposition the fracture. This may be accomplished with surgery, in which the surgeon would hold the bones in place with an internal device such as pins and surgical screws. There are several options:

  • Femoral neck fracture: Pins or a high strength metal device is used to replace the head of your femur.
  • Interochanteric fracture: A compression screw and plate holds the bone in place inside your hip socket

Part of the preparation process is understanding the risks of undergoing surgery and the process for recovery. Your physician will explain these risks, as well as the steps you need to take prior to your surgery, such as:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Advise your physician of any prescription and/or over-the-counter medication you are taking.
  • Clarify anything you do not understand about the surgery and/or recovery process. Although a little
  • pre-surgical anxiety is normal, asking questions will help to ease your tension.
  • Make necessary arrangements for getting to/from the physicians operation facility, as well as any necessary
  • crutches and/or brace.

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