For the majority of patients dealing with hip fractures, surgery will be recommended. This procedure should be performed as quickly as possible, usually within days of the diagnosis.
The type of procedure that will be performed depends on the location and severity of the hip fracture. In some cases, the bone can be reset with hardware, but in other situations, a full or partial hip replacement may be required. This is more commonly seen in older patients with deterioration in the joint.
Surgeons are often able to perform hip replacement procedures for fractures with techniques and technology designed to limit the disruption of surrounding soft tissue. This allows for an outpatient procedure and the ability for patients to become mobile and begin the important rehabilitation process in a shorter time frame. After surgery, it is crucial for patients to become mobile and start moving the hip as early as safely possible. Physical therapy and rehabilitation are absolutely critical for patients recovering from hip surgery.