78 year old female w/femur fracture. diagnosed w/diabetes+emphysema. has other heart/lung condition. how to best treat fracture or reduce pain?
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Geriatrics 31 years experience
Go see your doctor: Need to discuss ortho options eg surgery vs no surgery. Depends upon where it occurred & how clean/bad is break. Also need to discuss best anesthesia options b/c could be difficult to wean off ventilator post-op. Lots of pain medications available. Traction can help temporarily reduce pain, too. Need to worry about delirium & dvt, too. Ask for consult w/geriatrician to help coordinate care.
5.3k viewsReviewed Nov 15, 2021
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
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Last updated Nov 15, 2021
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