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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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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 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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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 long does it take to recover from broken femur/hip surgery with INTERTROCHANTER nail?

How long does it take to recover from broken femur/hip surgery with INTERTROCHANTER nail?

Depends on age, bone: quality & any co morbidity the person has. If good non-osteoporotic bone & good hardware purchase & early weight bearing the fracture will heal the fastest. In the elderly with other medical problems @ poor bone quality, the time is quite longer. Everyone heals differently, so even to give you a range is not accurate without this knowledge. Picture is 1 of good bone & well fixated. ...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 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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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 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 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 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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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 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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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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My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?

My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?

Encouragement: You can help by keeping her spirits up and encourage her to move and to walk. However, this will take time (sometimes 12 months) and the number of patients who will regain functional independence is usually about 50% with most patients losing one grade of activity (i.e. If prior to fracture, she was a community ambulator, she will likely be a home or limited community ambulator). ...Read more

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My mother recovered from cancer. She broke her hip. Healed from that. A month later her cancer came back. Could it be back from the broken hip?

My mother recovered from cancer. She broke her hip. Healed from that. A month later her cancer came back. Could it be back from the broken hip?

Recurrent Ca: Many solid cancers can spread to the bones. Some of these metastases can cause bone fracture (we called it pathological fracture). Bone fracture can also be due to osteoporosis, especially in elderly woman. "Broke her hip" itself is not the cause for cancer recurrence, but could be other way around. ...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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Have torn hamstring from physical therapy after broken hip. I'm recovering well from hip fracture but afraid to go back to same physical therapy.

Have torn hamstring from physical therapy after broken hip. I'm recovering well from hip fracture but afraid to go back to same physical therapy.

Hip strengthening: Depending on when the fracture occurred and whether its completely healed or not, you would still benefit from some hip and pelvic girdle strengthening. If you are not comfortable with the current PT, you can do home exercises and find another therapist. But it will be imperative that the muscles around the hip joint (flexors, extensors, and abductors) are strengthened. ...Read more

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Is broken hip serious at 70?

Is broken hip serious at 70?

Yes: A broken hip at any age is serious. It is a reflection of the overall condition of a patient. It often means that there is enough going on to allow a patient to be off balance, to be lightheaded, to have weakness, and to have osteoporosis. If none of these apply, then the hip is just broken because of dumb luck and we fix it and move on! ...Read more

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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 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