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How quick is the recovery after a surgery for intertrochanteric hip fracture?

How quick is the recovery after a surgery for intertrochanteric hip fracture?

This depeds on the: Age and underlying medical health as well as physical condition of the patient as well as how well the surgery went in terms of any complications and adequacy of reduction of the fracture with good fixation in bone that is not soft or osteoporotic but one can expect 3 months on average. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Do you always have to have surgery for a hip fracture?

Do you always have to have surgery for a hip fracture?

No: Most of the time it is advised but it depends on the individual clinical setting. ...Read more

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What is the rehabilitation following a hip fracture surgery?

What is the rehabilitation following a hip fracture surgery?

Depends: This depends on many factors including the pre/postoperatve health of the patient, the type of fracture, and the type of fixation. Often healthy patients with stable fixation can go home with outpatient pt a few days a week. More deconditioned patients or those with more difficult fractures may even require inpatient rehab for a while. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 98 year old to get a hip fracture surgery?

Functional status?: One needs to look at the whole person and weigh the risks and benefits for a procedure. If the perosn has been funcitonal and healthy, then there should be no reason to deny a procedure that will add quality to their life. However if the person is limitted functionally and cogntively, the recivery and potential benefit may not be worth the risk. ...Read more

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Are there any treatment options rather than surgery for a hip fracture?

Are there any treatment options rather than surgery for a hip fracture?

Yes there are: In the old days they use to keep them in traction and then ambulate with no weight bearing tell the fracture heal. ...Read more

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Hip fracture and failed initial implant. Should I have reconstructive surgery?

Hip fracture and failed initial implant. Should I have reconstructive surgery?

Usually: If the implant failed, the fracture usually hasn't healed or has healed in malalignment. In these instances, if your gait is severely affected and pain is an issue, usually a surgery is recommended with a revision fixation or possible hip replacement. ...Read more

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80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

It could be a new: Stroke or tia, so you should have her see her doctor. It is possible that morphine is causing her symptoms, but other causes need to be excluded first. ...Read more

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To operate hip fracture surgery how much minimum % heart should function for a women @ 77 yrs?

7 METS: There is no set limit for heart function reserve, but we generally like patients to have no active heart disease within the last 6 months and be able to exert themselves to a level of 7 metabolic equivalents. If you cannot or haven't done exercise to this level then additional testing may be necessary. Before surgery you will have a comprehensive eval to make sure that you are a good candidate. ...Read more

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Besides hip dislocation and hip fracture, what are other side effects of hip replacement surgery?

Besides hip dislocation and hip fracture, what are other side effects of hip replacement surgery?

Notable risks: Blood clot - in legs or lungs
infection
fracture of femur
loosening or wear of the implant over time (think of your new hip like tires on your car, more miles = less time that they last)
nerve injury
bleeding
change in leg length. ...Read more

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My mother got hip fracture dr. Admited her in icu say surgery not possible as BP is low & chest function is 40 so what I do?

Wait: You have to wait for the other drs to get the blood pressure and cardiac function better. Otherwise too risky and your mom might not make it out of surgery. ...Read more

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My grandfather made an accident, mild hip fracture, after his proper surgery and treatments now he has a numbness in his left little finger for 20d!!?

My grandfather made an accident, mild hip fracture, after his proper surgery and treatments now he has a numbness in his left little finger for 20d!!?

Pinched ulnar nerve: Is probably the cause. Click this --> http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00025
If you want to discuss this shoot me an e-mail click this --> https://www. Healthtap. Com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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My mother had hip fracture surgery recently. And she has parkinson also. Will she be able to walk or not?

Usually yes: In patients that are ambulatory preop, the vast majority are able to ambulate after hip fracture surgery. It depends on the severity of the fracture, the stability if the repair, and the health of the patient. ...Read more

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My mother is 65 years old. She has some respiratory problem, parkinson, hip fracture surgery 3 month ago and choleithiasis. Is drink milk good for her?

Osteoperosis: A hip fracture in this age group is considered an indicator of osteoporosis. Drinking mill for additional vitamin d is a good idea but she should be formally evaluated for osteoporosis and treated with medication and supplements as indicated. ...Read more

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I have a hairline hip fracture on my right side, I am seeing a doctor on tuesday. What should I do for the next few days to help speed up recovery?

I have a hairline hip fracture on my right side, I am seeing a doctor on tuesday. What should I do for the next few days to help speed up recovery?

Calciun, vitamin D: There is a lot more information I need but you need calcium of about 1000 mg/day from diet and supplements. Vitamin D is also needed for your bones to use the calcium to help you build up your bones. It needs to be clarifed why you have the fracture. Your physician will need to help direct your therapy with your orthopedic surgeon and a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How can I manage with a hip fracture?

How can I manage with a hip fracture?

Take your time: Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks after fixation.
During that time go slow, don't be in a rush, use your walking aid (walker, crutches, cane) do your exercises, get good nutrition and protein intake and you will do it! ...Read more

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How is a hip fracture typically diagnosed?

Xray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a minor hip fracture?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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How safe is fosama to take if you have already had a hip fracture?

How safe is fosama to take if you have already had a hip fracture?

Safe: Fosamax (alendronate) and other diphosphonates are helpful in maintaining bone density in older patients w/ bone osteopenia; usually documented w/ bone densitometry. Atypical proximal femur and hip fractures have been seen in patients on diphosphonates for long periods of time, but these are relatively rare. See your pcp or an endocrinologist for evaluation if you have questions about treatment alternatives. Gl! ...Read more

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Can saciatic nerve cause hip fracture?

No: One is not necessarily related to the other. However, in severe trauma, both the hip and sciatic nerve can be injured together. ...Read more

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How severe is a "comminuted hip fracture"?

Hip Fracture: "comminuted" is a term that means multiple pieces. In general a hip fracture itself is a rather severe injury. Usually a "comminuted" fracture means there is more damage present. ...Read more

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Why do old people die after a hip fracture?

Why do old people die after a hip fracture?

Increased Risk: Hip fracture, particularly in frail, elderly patients, can start a downward spiral: being unable to ge up & walk makes them more likely to develop clots in their legs, pneumonia, bedsores, and other problems which can lead to more complications, ultimatly leading to death. ...Read more

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Can you explain a intertrochanteric hip fracture?

Location: There are different locations in the hip. The location of the fracture depends where in the hip this occurs. The intertrochaneric fracture occurs between the
greater and lesser trochanters. There are also femerol neck fractures and subtrochanteric fractures and femoral shaft fractures. Location location location. ...Read more

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How can I prevent falling and having a hip fracture?

How can I prevent falling and having a hip fracture?

Exercise: It is important to exercise to improve balance, strengthen muscles, and help maintain/build bone density. Balance and flexibility can be improved with exercises such as tai chi and yoga. Making home safety improvements is important as well. Review medications with your physician to evaluate for any possible side effects, i.e. Drowsiness which can increase the risk of falls. ...Read more

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How soon is it safe to jog again after a hip fracture?

How soon is it safe to jog again after a hip fracture?

1st hv 0 pain then..: Assuming you were able to jog before the hip fracture, to start jogging 1st your orthopedic surgeon needs to allow you full wright bearing (timing depends on fracture type and bone quality and can be typically between 0-12w). Next you would want to work with a physical therapist to have nearly equal and normal muscle strength in both legs, and good stability (being able to hop on operated leg) ...Read more

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How can an elderly person recover from a hip fracture?

Physical Therapy: Most elderly patients experience a mild regression in their ambulatory status after a hip fracture. Regular physical therapy is an important factor in maximizing their recovery. ...Read more

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How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

Increases new risks: Women with hip fractures and osteoporosis are at higher risk for another fragility fracture in the future. Work on balance, strengthen your leg muscles with weight bearing exercise, take your calcium and vitamin d, ask your doctor about bone stimulating medications. ...Read more

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Will I have to? Use diapers for awhile after a? Hip fracture?

Not always: Your need of a diaper depends on the location of the fracture and the other related problems. ...Read more

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Can somebody help me about hip fracture timeline for healing?

Depends: How is the fracture being treated? Nonweight bearing, replacement, screws, or a rod? Can heal in 6 weeks to several months. ...Read more

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What professionals are involved in hip fracture rehabilitation?

See below: The first doctor is usually an orthopedist. After that physical therapists, occupational therapists, brace makers may also be involved. If the fracture requires extensive rehabilitation, sometimes a physiatrist (a doctor of rehabilitation medicine) may also be involved. ...Read more

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Can somebody help me about hip fracture prognosis for 85yo woman?

Reality vs Ideal: The reality is that when you look at all of our elders, almost 1 in 4 don't live past the 1st anniversary post-op, and less than 1 in 2 return to baseline level of function. This is because the fall & fracture represent the culmination of poor health. But as dr. Duncan points out, if this patient is an exemplar of healthy living, then her odds are in her favor. Don't forget DXA & 25oh vitd postop. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Definition)

A break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily based on the bones and soft tissues affected or on the ...Read more