A member asked:
Disclaimer

78 year old female w/femur fracture. diagnosed w/diabetes+emphysema. has other heart/lung condition. how to best treat fracture or reduce pain?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
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.
Answered on Mar 29, 2020
Dr. Meir Marmor
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Consider surgery: All the conditions you mentioned are chronic and manageable. A femur fracture is a very debilitating injury with a high mortality rate particularly in the elderly population. The surgical risk can be lowered by using regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
3
3 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Slawek
53 years experience Radiology
Very Poor.: Small Cell Lung Cancer is very hard to treat successfully. Spreads very early in its course. If one is lucky enough to be diagnosis before spread cure ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It depends on many, many other factors.
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
You need a doctor: You have multiple medical problems. You need a good internist/PCP and a Pulmonologist, at a minimum.
1
1 thank
A female asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Hard to say: Rib Fx's can cause a lot of pain for a long time and can cause spasms. This is expected. See your MD for evaluation and mess If needed. If still conce ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month