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How Do You Transport A Patient With A Broken Hip Across The Country
By train, RV, plane: After a person has had his broken hip fixed, and there is little pain remaining, he can travel. He can go by any form of transportation, but he will be uncomfortable sitting for any long period. So, going by train (sleeper car) or rv will allow the person to lie down, plus get up and move around to avoid blood clots. Moving around is ok in an rv, if it is parked. It is hard to lie down in a plane. ...Read more
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
Femur: The hip is the top portion of the femur or thigh bone. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. ...Read more
How can I transfer a 80 yr old post-op patient for hip fracture back to bed from chair, any consideration?
See pt's doc: Best advice is to speak with the patients doc and have home health come out and show you how to do this. ...Read more
Variable: Depends on location of the fracture and mode of treatment. Ask your treating orthopedist. ...Read more
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
Depends...: Best to pose this query to an orthopedist; but conservatively speaking total rehab time is probably 3-4 months. ...Read more
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
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
IT depends: If the fracture was treated by fixing it with screws or a plate, it takes 6 weeks to heal. If the hip was replaced, it is more of an issue with soft tissue healing. Let comfort be your guide! ...Read more
Depends on injury: A broken hip implies a fracture of the upper end of the femur. Depending on the exact location and fracture pattern, treatment is either via "internal fixation" or repairing the fracture with pins, screws, and/or plates; or sometimes with a hip replacement type surgery. Age and bone quality will also influence the type of treatment recommended. ...Read more
Depends: If you had surgery, it depends on the type of surgery and fracture. The bone may not have healed, the ball (femoral head) may not have a good blood supply, arthritis may be developing, a metal implant may be loosening...May even be normal healing depending on the severity of the fracture. As you can see this is a complex question. Best to see your surgeon for a re-evaluation. ...Read more
Absolutely: When treated quickly and correctly, many hip fractures will heal to their pre-injury status. Of course, the time to heal is quite variable and depends on many factors. A full year may be required to get to the final level of function, but many patients gain full function in 3-6 mos. Work hard and follow the advice of your surgeon and your therapist to give yourself the best chance. ...Read more
Variable: Depends on where it is..But the none will heal in 10-12 weeks but functionally you will be in rehab and gaining strength for over a year... ...Read more
Much to consider:
A broken hip in an elderly person can lead to more problems and in some cases complications can lead to death. There is a tremendous need for an evaluation of his environment to prevent further injury.
If he is unable to make decisions, a trusted family member or friend needs to seek legal advice to obtain the ability to make decisions for him. ...Read more
Has anyone had hardware removed, that was put in to repair a broken hip, and then had nothing there?
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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You need to make sure you follow your surgeons recommendations on the hip precautions he or she recommends.
Remove through rugs from the floors.
Use your walker or can or crutches and do not carry anything that gets you off balance.
The complete recommendations depend on your type of fracture, the stability & type of fixation used by your surgeon, and how far along your are in your healing. ...Read more
Pain, can't walk: Femoral neck fractures are extremely debilitating. Elders get these fractures commonly and may have the affected leg shorter than the other and/or rotated. The patient will not bear weight on this side. Sometimes these fractures are less obvious, requiring advanced imaging studies (like mri) to detect. In this case, if you give a tap on the heel, sometimes the patient will feel it up in the hip. ...Read more
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