Complications of surgery for a
hip fracture include infection of the hip or the
urinary tract, a blood clot in a vein (deep vein thrombosis) or in a lung
(pulmonary embolism), pneumonia (bacterial infection of the lungs), and
pressure ulcers (breaks in the skin that can become infected). Many of these
complications may result from bed rest and inactivity after surgery. These
complications also become more serious when other things are involved, such as
advanced age, other health problems, and the general risks of surgery.
After a hip fracture, some people can never again be as independent as
they were before the fracture. They may need to use a walker or cane to walk.
They may need help with daily activities such as dressing and bathing. And many
can no longer live on their own. Many people do not live through the first year
after a hip fracture. It is hard to recover from a hip fracture. So be sure to
do all you can to keep your bones strong and to avoid falls that can lead to a
fracture. And if you do break your hip, work hard to get your strength and
mobility back so you can be as independent as possible.
Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
1. What caused my arthritis?
2. What drugs can I take if I frequently have stomach problems with pain relievers?
3. Would prescription medication be appropriate for my osteoarthritis?
4. What are some appropriate exercises for me to try?
5. Will stretching and flexing the joint help it feel better?
6. Why does the weather affect my symptoms?
7. Does physical activity help osteoarthritis...