Hip repair means that the surgeon lines up the pieces of bone
using metal plates, rods, nails and screws and then closes the skin over the surgery
site. The metal pieces hold the bone together while it heals, and they stay in
the leg permanently. This picture shows one type of hip fracture and the way it
might be repaired. This surgery is also called hip pinning, or internal fixation.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
Current as of
May 7, 2013
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 07, 2013
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