Management Of Hip Fractures Due To Falls In The Elderly?
Afternoon, a week ago my grandmother slipped and was taken to the hospital. And after X-rays resulting in broken thigh bone joints. It is proposed to operate with a doctor. But my grandmother does not want to operate, because her age is old and vulnerable. Are there alternatives to surgery? Thank you
Good morning, thanks for the question
Fractures (fractures) of the pelvis and groin due to injury are quite common in the elderly, called pathological fractures. These types of fractures are generally treated by a surgical method. Surgery is reported to provide faster active mobilization, better joint function, improve quality of life, and shorten the length of stay compared to non-operative therapy.
Handling of femoral neck fractures (femur around the hip joint) can be done non-operatively only if the nature of the fracture does not shift (non-displaced). Treatment includes early immobilization and avoid loading in the injured area.
Fractures that are displaced will be far unstable and potentially greater injury if not treated through surgery, so it is absolutely recommended to do the surgery. In such cases if not treated by surgery can increase the patient's morbidity and mortality rate.
Non-operative treatment includes routine care, physiotherapy, and pain management as an effort to improve the function to the maximum extent that can be achieved after an injury.
Carry out further consultations with an orthopedic specialist for further treatment plans.
That's all, hope you can help. Wassalam