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How Do You Treat A Broken Hip
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hip fracture: Most common symptoms of a fractured hip include lateral hip or groin pain following an injury. Patients typically cannot bear weight on the affected hip. Toes on the affected foot usually point out and the leg may appear shortened. X-rays needed to make the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 location of the fracture and mode of treatment. Ask your treating orthopedist. ...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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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