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How dangerous is a surgery for a broken hip?

How dangerous is a surgery for a broken hip?

Generally safe : Depends on the preop health of the patient. In most cases the benefits of hip fracture repair far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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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


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How involved is the surgery and long the recovery for a broken hip?

How involved is the surgery and long the recovery for a broken hip?

Varies: Itcdepends on what type and how bad the fracture is. Most of the procedures are quite routine . As with any surgery thee are risks. Recovery is 3-6 months. ...Read more

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How long will it take to fully recover from broken hip surgery?

How long will it take to fully recover from broken hip surgery?

6 months: It depends on the type and severity of the fracture. Generally 12 weeks to heal & 12 weeks of rehab. ...Read more

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How long after a broken hip surgery will a person be permitted to walk?

How long after a broken hip surgery will a person be permitted to walk?

Next Day: There are typically 4 types of orthopedic implants for hip fractures. 1. Cannulated screws 2. Sliding hip screw 3. Cephalomedullary nail and 4. Partial or total hip replacement implants. With all implants some sort of weight bearing is allowed immediately. It is the reason we fix most hip fractures, to prevent complications associated with bedrest. I let all patients bear weight as pain allows. ...Read more

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How long after a broken hip surgery is a person be permitted to walk without walker?

How long after a broken hip surgery is a person be permitted to walk without walker?

It varies: It depends on the nature, severity, & type of break as well as the general condition of the person and bone quality. On average 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?

My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?

Encouragement: You can help by keeping her spirits up and encourage her to move and to walk. However, this will take time (sometimes 12 months) and the number of patients who will regain functional independence is usually about 50% with most patients losing one grade of activity (i.e. If prior to fracture, she was a community ambulator, she will likely be a home or limited community ambulator). ...Read more

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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