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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy After Hip Fracture

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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.

Dr. Corey Clay
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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How can I manage with a hip fracture?

How can I manage with a hip fracture?

Take your time: Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks after fixation. During that time go slow, don't be in a rush, use your walking aid (walker, crutches, cane) do your exercises, get good nutrition and protein intake and you will do it!

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How is a hip fracture typically diagnosed?

How is a hip fracture typically diagnosed?

Xray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor.

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How can I tell if I have a minor hip fracture?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively.

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How safe is fosama to take if you have already had a hip fracture?

How safe is fosama to take if you have already had a hip fracture?

Safe: Fosamax (alendronate) and other diphosphonates are helpful in maintaining bone density in older patients w/ bone osteopenia; usually documented w/ bone densitometry. Atypical proximal femur and hip fractures have been seen in patients on diphosphonates for long periods of time, but these are relatively rare. See your pcp or an endocrinologist for evaluation if you have questions about treatment alternatives. Gl!

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Can saciatic nerve cause hip fracture?

No: One is not necessarily related to the other. However, in severe trauma, both the hip and sciatic nerve can be injured together.

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How severe is a "comminuted hip fracture"?

How severe is a "comminuted hip fracture"?

Hip Fracture: "comminuted" is a term that means multiple pieces. In general a hip fracture itself is a rather severe injury. Usually a "comminuted" fracture means there is more damage present.

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Why do old people die after a hip fracture?

Why do old people die after a hip fracture?

Increased Risk: Hip fracture, particularly in frail, elderly patients, can start a downward spiral: being unable to ge up & walk makes them more likely to develop clots in their legs, pneumonia, bedsores, and other problems which can lead to more complications, ultimatly leading to death.

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Can you explain a intertrochanteric hip fracture?

Can you explain a intertrochanteric hip fracture?

Location: There are different locations in the hip. The location of the fracture depends where in the hip this occurs. The intertrochaneric fracture occurs between the greater and lesser trochanters. There are also femerol neck fractures and subtrochanteric fractures and femoral shaft fractures. Location location location.

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How can I prevent falling and having a hip fracture?

How can I prevent falling and having a hip fracture?

Exercise: It is important to exercise to improve balance, strengthen muscles, and help maintain/build bone density. Balance and flexibility can be improved with exercises such as tai chi and yoga. Making home safety improvements is important as well. Review medications with your physician to evaluate for any possible side effects, i.e. Drowsiness which can increase the risk of falls.

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How soon is it safe to jog again after a hip fracture?

How soon is it safe to jog again after a hip fracture?

1st hv 0 pain then..: Assuming you were able to jog before the hip fracture, to start jogging 1st your orthopedic surgeon needs to allow you full wright bearing (timing depends on fracture type and bone quality and can be typically between 0-12w). Next you would want to work with a physical therapist to have nearly equal and normal muscle strength in both legs, and good stability (being able to hop on operated leg)

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Do you always have to have surgery for a hip fracture?

No: Most of the time it is advised but it depends on the individual clinical setting.

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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.

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How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

Increases new risks: Women with hip fractures and osteoporosis are at higher risk for another fragility fracture in the future. Work on balance, strengthen your leg muscles with weight bearing exercise, take your calcium and vitamin d, ask your doctor about bone stimulating medications.

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Will I have to? Use diapers for awhile after a? Hip fracture?

Not always: Your need of a diaper depends on the location of the fracture and the other related problems.

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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.

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What professionals are involved in hip fracture rehabilitation?

See below: The first doctor is usually an orthopedist. After that physical therapists, occupational therapists, brace makers may also be involved. If the fracture requires extensive rehabilitation, sometimes a physiatrist (a doctor of rehabilitation medicine) may also be involved.

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Can somebody help me about hip fracture prognosis for 85yo woman?

Reality vs Ideal: The reality is that when you look at all of our elders, almost 1 in 4 don't live past the 1st anniversary post-op, and less than 1 in 2 return to baseline level of function. This is because the fall & fracture represent the culmination of poor health. But as dr. Duncan points out, if this patient is an exemplar of healthy living, then her odds are in her favor. Don't forget dxa & 25oh vitd postop.

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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


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