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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: a break of the hip joint neck


 Mady2010 - Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:10 am

My mother is 70 years old. She fell on the floor 15 years ago and the neck of her right hip joint was broken. She suffers from diabetes and hypertension. Is the surgery is the only option for her. Before the accident she used to walk in the house without a cane. Now she is staying in bed.

If your advice is to undergo the operation, is it risky for her (to have clots during or after the operation). On the other hand what are the disadvantages of delaying or deciding not to undergo the operation. What medicines she can take to help her to recovered on the coming months (if any). She is sleeping currently on an air mattress and does not move her leg is it enough or should we do another thing for her. Please advise in both options (undergoing the operation and keeping my mother as she is currently) what are the right option for her case.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:08 am

User avatar Hello,
Unless there is a specific cardiac reason to not have the surgery, repairing the hip will allow her the good chance to stand and return to walking... otherwise she will likely be bedridden and run the risk of pneumonia, weakness and bed sores (which are hard to heal with diabetes).

For a full consideration of the options, please consult with an orthopedic surgeon.

Take care.

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