What is Hip Fracture Reduction?
Hip fracture reduction is a surgical procedure that aligns broken hip bones so they can heal properly. The procedure may be performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis, depending on the severity of the fracture and potentially other injuries if the patient was in an accident.
First, a board-certified anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia and pain medications. Next, the following steps complete the procedure:
- An incision is made near the fractured area
- Muscles and tendons are retracted and the fracture is visualized
- Surgical instruments are used to reduce the fracture
- Multiple view X-rays are taken to ensure the bone is perfectly aligned
- Screws, pins, a rod, or a plate and screws are used to fixate the bone
- The incision is carefully closed and sterilely dressed
Over the course of several weeks and months, the bone heals and the patient is able to move their hip without pain or complications. After surgery, an Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) selected physical therapist will work with you throughout your recovery to help you regain strength, flexibility, and function.
What Does Hip Fracture Reduction Treat?
A hip fracture is a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention, especially with older individuals. Common causes of hip fractures include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, increases the risk of a hip fracture a great deal. Women over the age of 50 are the patient population most at risk. Hip fracture symptoms include:
- Groin pain
- Hip pain
At Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Hip Specialists Dr. John Tozzi, Dr. Clint Ferenz, and Dr. Gregory Roehrig are hip fracture reduction experts.
Patients who are in an accident or sustain an injury and experience symptoms should make an appointment right away.