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What type of surgery do I need for a hip fracture?

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This is when you have a break in the top quarter of your thighbone, aka the femur. Depending on your health and the way you broke your hips, your doctor may recommend:

  • Internal repair. Your surgeon inserts screws into your bone. This holds it together while the fracture heals. Sometimes they’ll attach the screws to a metal plate placed along your thighbone.
  • Partial hip replacement. This is usually done if the ends of the fractured bone are damaged or out of place. Your surgeon will replace the top of the bone with a metal replacement part.
  • Total hip replacement. This is a good option if your joint has been damaged by arthritis or another injury. Your surgeon replaces your upper femur and the socket in your pelvic bone with artificial parts.

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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