North Hampshire Hospital
The Hampshire Clinic
Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

Mr John Britton FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Information for patients undergoing orthopaedic treatment


Surgery for hip fracture

Virtually all hip fractures will require operative fixation; the type of surgery depends on the type of fracture (see Hip fracture). The various options are shown below.

Intracapsular fracture

Screw fixation: Suitable for minimally displaced fractures, particularly in younger patients Hemiarthroplasty: Only the ball is replaced. Suitable for elderly patients Total hip replacement: The entire hip is replaced. Suitable for high demand patients

Intertrochanteric fracture
Pin and plate fixation Nail fixation

Young, mobile patients will normally make a full recovery following a hip fracture; a minority however will have complications and may develop arthritis in their hip. This may necessitate a hip replacement at a later date.

Recovery in elderly patients is more problematic. Mobility is very often permanently reduced and serious life-threatening complications are not uncommon.

J M Britton 2007

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