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How do you transport a patient with a broken hip across the country ?

How do you transport a patient with a broken hip across the country ?

Not easitly: Transporting a patient with a broken hip across the country is a challenging and risky idea. If there is the notion of flying the patient, you must be aware of the risk of blood clots which can be very dangerous. Recommendation would first be to investigate local orthopaedic care that may allow treatment before cross country transport. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Definition)

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint where your femur meets the pelvis. Most hip fractures occur with falls in the elderly or motor vehicle accidents. The most common would be fractures of the top part of the femur bone and the femoral neck or intertroch region. Less common fractures are socket or acetabular fractures. Avulsion of muscle ...Read more


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How do I transport a patient with a broken hip on a plane?

How do I transport a patient with a broken hip on a plane?

Carefully: If the break is stable or has been surgically fixed , just having wheel chair assistance should be adequate. If not you might need air ambulance for transport. ...Read more

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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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How will having broken hip affect me down the road?

It depends: Hip fracture can cause major hip problems later in life, or very few. Factors such as your age, the specific location and severity of the fracture, other health issues, and the treatment of the fracture all have a major impact on prognosis. Going through each of these with your treating doctor should give you a pretty good idea what to expect in the future. ...Read more

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How long will it take a broken hip to heal (teens)?

How long will it take a broken hip to heal (teens)?

Depends...: Best to pose this query to an orthopedist; but conservatively speaking total rehab time is probably 3-4 months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken hip to heal so you can walk?

How long does it take for a broken hip to heal so you can walk?

3 months: Ambulation is started immediately post op with limited weight bearing initially at first. Hopefully by 3 months walking is fairly good although an assistive device may still be needed. ...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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What is the prognosis for recovery of a broken hip for an elderly woman?

What is the prognosis for recovery of a broken hip for an elderly woman?

Excellent!: The two main types of hip fractures are neck and intertrochanteric or below-the-neck fractures. Neck fractures are fixed by replacing the hip ball. Intertrochanterics are fixed with a plate or rod and a large screw. Most all elderly men and women return to their previous level of activity. "walkers" start walking again one day after surgery. Exception: those with senile dementia may not. ...Read more