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How is recovery from hip fracture surgery?

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You might go home after your surgery, or you could choose to go to a rehab center to start your recovery treatment.

You’ll probably need help getting out of bed the day after your operation. A physical therapist will work with you for as long as you need to get strong and walk again. This can take as long as 3 months.

Your doctor may give you drugs for pain and to keep down swelling. You likely will need to take blood-thinning medication to lower your risk for blood clots. Compression socks or boots that support your leg and improve blood flow may help, too.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Hip Fractures.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hip Fracture.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Hip Fractures.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hip Fracture.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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