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Orthopedic surgery is surgery performed by a medical specialist, such as an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon, trained to deal with problems that develop in the bones, joints, and ligaments of the human body.
Hip Fractures are named by the location and can be categorized as femoral neck fractures(the neck of the thigh bone), intertrochanteric fractures (the head of the thigh bone), and subtrochanteric fractures (upper portion of the thigh bone). How the fracture is fixed, depends on where on the thigh bone the fracture occurred. It may be secured with metal screws or nails attached to metal plates. Ask your doctor how the fracture will be fixed. You will stay in the hospital after surgery.
You will have a gauze dressing over sutures or staples at the incision. You may have a bulb drain inserted to keep the swelling down.
Changes in you:
You can not cross your legs to avoid displacing your hip joint. Until told by your doctor, you can not have any greater angle to your hip than 90°, so you can not bend over to pick up something from the floor, or put on your socks or shoes. Additional information about what precautions and safety measures you may need to take will be given by your doctor.
For more information regarding the orthopedic surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics & Neurosciences, please call 888.978.1818 or schedule an appointment online.