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Hip Repair St Johns IN

What is Hip Repair?

Hip repair is the use of surgery to repair a fractured hip, which is considered a life threatening condition. The sensitivity of this condition does not lie in the fact that it has to be repaired surgically, but in the possibility that a more complicated medical condition may arise if the condition is left untreated. Hip repair aims to restore the patient’s mobility as quickly as possible. The procedure to mend the broken bone is relatively simple, and could allow patients to get moving shortly after surgery.

How do I know of I need hip repair?

Hip pain, especially in the elderly, is one of the most common indicators of hip fracture that requires hip repair. More precisely, hip fracture pain begins as a painful sensation in the groin area and the upper thigh region, which may hinder the patient’s ability to walk. In any case, an anteroposterior pelvis x-ray image will be taken so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. When the x-ray reveals the difference between the hips, the image may now be used as a tool for pre-operative planning. An MRI scan is also used immediately after the injury to provide doctors with an in-depth evaluation of the fracture. This type of scan can also reveal related issues like possible muscle strain, soft tissue pathology, and greater trochanteric bursitis, in addition to the pelvic fracture. Bone scans and CT-Scans may also be done to supplement the findings.

What are the methods used for hip repair?

The type of surgery for hip repair will depend upon the fracture that the patient has. Generally, there are two types:

  • The Hip Pinning Procedure is used when the fracture is located just below the top of the femur, which is a part of the hip joint. Prior to this procedure, an x-ray will determine the alignment of your hipbones, to give the doctor better perspective on where to make the incision. Once the location is identified, a small incision will be made at the side of patient’s thigh on the affected side, and special screws will be strategically placed to correct the position of the patient’s bones.
  • Another type of surgical procedure will be used if an intertrochanteric fracture is identified. This means that the fracture is in the area below the neck of the femur, and more than one bone has been affected. An x-ray image will also help determine the alignment of the hipbones. An incision will be made at the side of the indicated thigh, and a special metal plate will be attached onto the affected area using compression screws.

If the surgeon is concerned that the fracture will not heal properly even with one of these procedures, he might perform partial hip replacement to replace the ball part of the patient’s hip joint.

After the surgery, the patient will be asked to stay at the hospital for about five days, but total recovery will take about three months to a year.

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