Surgery for a hip fracture repairs a broken hip bone. Broken hips are
often caused by a fall or other injury. Some kinds of broken bones heal on
their own in a cast. But a broken hip is not likely to heal well without
This type of surgery is usually done right after a hip
surgery to fix a fractured hip, you will be asleep and will not feel pain. The
surgery takes 2 to 4 hours. Your doctor will:
You will probably stay in the hospital for 2 to 4 days after surgery.
Your rehabilitation program (rehab) will start at this time. If you do not have
someone to help you at home, you may go from the hospital to a short-term
rehabilitation centre or a long-term care centre.
months, you may need the help of a walker or crutches. After that, you may need
to walk with a cane. At first, you may need help with daily activities such as
bathing, dressing, and cooking. Rehab will help you get back to your regular
activities, but it will probably take at least 3 months to return to your
normal routine. It may take 6 months to 1 year for you to fully recover. Some
people, especially older people, are never able to move as well as they used
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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