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How do you treat a broken hip?

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 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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Is broken hip serious at 70?

Is broken hip serious at 70?

Yes: Yes I would say it is serious in the sense that many hip fractures do require surgery and there is certainly some recovery involved as well. That being said, many patients do have hip fracture, undergo surgery, and then ultimately do quite well. ...Read more

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Pain 4 months after broken hip. Why?

Pain 4 months after broken hip. Why?

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

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Are there classic symptoms of broken hip?

Are there classic symptoms of broken hip?

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 more

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How long will it take to heal a broken hip?

How long will it take to heal a broken hip?

6 -12 weeks: It takes about six weeks for the bone to become structurally solid, but can take an extended period of time for all the muscles, ligaments and tendons involved to heal. ...Read more

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Can you ever recover 100% from a broken hip?

Can you ever recover 100% from a broken hip?

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

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How long will it take for a broken hip to heal?

How long will it take for a broken hip to heal?

Months?: Depending upon the nature of the injury; and the skill of the orthopedist who repaired it(if surgery was needed), and the physical therapist on the case, etc...Conservatively i would say a good 3 months before the hip is "healed". ...Read more

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How long for a broken hip to heal? I'm 80 yrs old.

Variable: Depends on location of the fracture and mode of treatment. Ask your treating orthopedist. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from a broken hip?

6 - 12 weeks: Most hip fractures will continue to improve for up a year after the injury. Most require surgery. ...Read more

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

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

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

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What bad things can happen to an old man with a broken hip who cannot make his own decisions?

What bad things can happen to an old man with a broken hip who cannot make his own decisions?

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

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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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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)?

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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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 ?

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

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