The goal of treatment for hip fractures is to allow you to do most of the things you did before your fracture, without pain. The most common and almost always best treatment for a hip fracture is surgery.
Surgery is performed to make sure the bones are lined up to heal correctly. The type of surgery you have depends largely on where the fracture has occurred. Some common procedures to repair hip fractures are:
Hemiarthroplasty is usually performed on patients who have a femoral neck fracture. The surgery is similar to a total hip replacement, but it involves only half of the hip. A hemiarthroplasty replaces only the ball portion of the hip joint. During surgery, the broken ball of the hip is removed and replaced with a high-strength, artificial ball.
Open Reduction Internal Fixation
Sometimes abbreviated as ORIF, Open Reduction Internal Fixation is usually used for more stable femoral neck fractures where the blood flow is not disrupted. In this type of operation, the surgeon repositions the bone fragments into their normal alignment, then inserts screws or attaches metal plates to the outer surface of the bone to stabilize the fracture.
Sliding Hip Screw/Blade Surgery
Sliding hip screw or blade surgery is commonly used for intertrochanteric and subtrochanteric fractures. Depending on the exact location and nature of the fracture, a dynamic hip screw and a side plate may be used to stabilize the fracture or a trochanteric femoral nail may be used.
Intramedullary rodding, also called IM rodding, can be used to stabilize a fracture located along the upper shaft of the femur. A rod is inserted into the shaft of the femur. Another screw may be placed to keep the bone edges in place while they heal.
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