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How long is the typical healing process for a broken hip in an elderly person?

How long is the typical healing process for a broken hip in an elderly person?

Depends...: This depends upon the overall health of the person(their medical history, overall state of health, etc.) see my earlier post for more about hip fracture recovery. Cheers! ...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 long will the pain last for an untreated broken hip (fracture) for an elderly person?

Weeks: If untreated, the pain from ahip fracture will last for several weeks until the bone heals nearly completely. Evan after healing, if the fracture healed in poor alignment, it can still cause pain with sitting, walking or standing. ...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

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Please help! what is the treatment for a broken hip?

Please help! what is the treatment for a broken hip?

See below: Usually surgery, but sometimes immobilization depending on the location within the hip. ...Read more

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The healing process in elderly women with fractured back from ostyoporosis?

The healing process in elderly women with fractured back  from ostyoporosis?

6-8 weeks: Usually heals fine in 6-8 weeks. If remains symptomatic can consider kyphoplasty procedure. ...Read more

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How can an elderly person recover from a hip fracture?

How can an elderly person recover from a hip fracture?

Physical Therapy: Most elderly patients experience a mild regression in their ambulatory status after a hip fracture. Regular physical therapy is an important factor in maximizing their recovery. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up the healing process for a stress fracture in my hip?

What can I do to speed up the healing process for a stress fracture in my hip?

Walk with crutches: In most cases, a conservative course of care is initiated in order to create optimal conditions for the bone to heal. This goal can be expedited by rest and the use of crutches to keep weight off the joint for up to six weeks. ...Read more

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What type of rehab is best for a hip fracture in an elderly female?

What type of rehab is best for a hip fracture in an elderly female?

Hip Fracture PT: Generally exercises that work on walking and hip strengthening are what's needed. ...Read more

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Why is a hip fracture life-threatening for the elderly?

Why is a hip fracture life-threatening for the elderly?

Geriatric hip fx: The fracture itself isn't what is life-threatening but the events following the fracture and immobility are. Being immobile and elderly leads to pneumonia, DVT, PE, MI, etc. This is why it is critical to treat a hip fracture surgically within 48 hours of the fracture to reduce morbidity and mortality as has been proven in multiple studies. ...Read more

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What is recommended rehab for elderly hip fracture?

Gait traning : You will probably get you out of bed and moving on the first day after surgery. Physical therapy will initially focus on range of motion and strengthening exercises. Depending on the type of surgery you had and whether you have assistance at home, you may need to go from the hospital to an extended care facility. ...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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How long will it take to recover from a broken hip?

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 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 do you have wait to have sex after a broken hip?

Depends: It depends on the healing time, method of fixation and is best answered by your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can somebody help me about hip fracture timeline for healing?

Depends: How is the fracture being treated? Nonweight bearing, replacement, screws, or a rod? Can heal in 6 weeks to several months. ...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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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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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 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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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 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 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 could be the nursing intervention and common treatment for the pt with right hip fracture?

Hip fracture: Each hip fracture has its own personality and may require conservative or surgical treatments: traction, bed rest, decubitus precautions, pulmonary toilet, anticoagulants, pt, im nail, orif, & joint arthroplasty. ...Read more

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Would a person suffering from osteoporosis be more likely to suffer a broken hip than a broken shoulder?

Would a person suffering from osteoporosis be more likely to suffer a broken hip than a broken shoulder?

Osteoporosis: It depends on the amount of energy that goes across the bone, the quality of the bone, and the direction of the forces. ...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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How soon after a broken hip can you have sex?

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

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What kind of doctor could address a previously broken hip?

What kind of doctor could address a previously broken hip?

Sports Medicine: I would recommend you see a sports medicine doctor or an orthopedist who specializes in the hip or hip replacements. ...Read more