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Hip Fracture Surgery: Preparation

After a hip fracture, you will most likely be taken to the emergency room. There, your blood pressure and breathing are checked. You’ll also be given pain medication. If you’re alone, a nurse will try to contact your family or a friend so they can be with you.

Woman lying in hospital bed with one foot connected to traction device. Man is sitting by bed. Healthcare provider is taking woman's blood pressure. What Happens Next?

Your surgery will be done once a surgical team can be readied. This usually takes less than 48 hours. In the meantime, nurses will try to keep you comfortable. You’ll also have tests to ensure you’re ready for surgery. Your family or friends may be able to visit you during this time.

 

Your Healthcare Team

Recovering from a hip fracture isn’t something you do alone. A team of healthcare providers will be there to help. 

  • Orthopaedic surgeons repair the hip and guide your treatment.

  • Nurses provide daily care and help you manage pain.

  • Physical therapists (PTs) teach you exercises that build strength and aid recovery. You’ll also be taught how to get around safely while you heal.

  • Occupational therapists (OTs) teach you how to do daily activities. This helps prepare you to go home.

  • Case managers or social workers help prepare insurance and discharge paperwork.

Risks and Complications of Hip Fracture Surgery

Any surgery has risks. The possible risks and complications of this surgery include:

  • Infection

  • Dislocation of the joint

  • Blood clots

  • Failure of the fracture to heal

  • Reaction to the anesthesia

  • Pneumonia

  • Damage to nearby blood vessels, bones, or nerves

 

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