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What To Expect From Hip Fracture Surgery

A hip fracture is a serious injury, particularly if you’re older, and complications can be life-threatening.

Fortunately, surgery to repair a hip fracture is usually very effective, although recovery often
requires time and patience.

In older adults, a hip fracture is most often a result of falling, sustaining a blow to the hip joint as in a car accident or having week bones.

Often your doctor can determine that you have a hip fracture based on your symptoms and by observing the abnormal position of your hip and leg. An X-ray usually will confirm that you have a fracture and show exactly what part of your hip is fractured.

Surgery is almost always the best hip fracture treatment, according to The Mayo Clinic. The type of surgery you have generally depends on the part of the hip that fractured, the severity of the fracture and your age. Generally, the better your health and mobility before your hip fracture, the better your chances for a complete recovery from a hip fracture.

If you suffer from a femoral neck fracture, doctors repair this type of fracture by one of three methods:

Metal screws. If, after the break, the bone is still properly aligned, your doctor may insert metal screws into the bone to hold it together while the fracture heals. This is called internal fixation.
Often metal screws are placed in combination with bone nails (gamma nails) for additional stability.

Replacement of part of the femur. If the ends of the broken bone aren’t properly aligned or they’ve been damaged, your doctor may remove the head and neck of the femur and replace them with a metal prosthesis. This is known as hemiarthroplasty.

Total hip replacement. This procedure involves replacing your upper femur and the socket in your pelvic bone with prostheses. Total hip replacement may be a good option if arthritis or a prior injury has damaged your joint, affecting its function prior to the fracture.

To repair intertrochanteric fractures, a doctor usually inserts a metal screw (hip compression screw) across the fracture. The screw is attached to a plate that runs down alongside the femur. This plate is attached with other screws to help keep the bone stable. As the bone heals, the screw allows the bone pieces to compress, so the edges grow together.

If you’re having a normal recovery from surgery, the next steps of rehabilitation will likely follow this schedule:

Within about 1 day after surgery. Your care team will help you get up and moving, often with the help of a walker. You’ll begin physical therapy, typically with a focus on range of motion and strengthening exercises.

Within about 1 week after surgery. Hospital stays after hip fracture surgery generally last less than a week. Depending on the type of surgery you had and whether you have assistance at home, you may need to go from the hospital to an extended care facility.

Within 1 month after surgery. In extended care and at home, you may work with an occupational therapist to learn techniques for independence in daily life, such as using the toilet, bathing, dressing and cooking. Your occupational therapist will determine if a walker or wheelchair may help you regain mobility and independence.

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