The operation will stop your leg hurting. If you were able to walk prior to the fracture, you should be able to walk again after your operation. You will be able to put weight on your leg immediately. You do not need to wait for your fracture to heal first. You will not have to stay in bed until your fracture heals.
Are there any alternatives?
If you are not fit enough for surgery, we can treat you without surgery. This would be with bed rest and a splint that pulls on the thighbone until the fracture has healed. This is called traction. You will have to stay in bed for two months or more while your hip heals.
What if you do nothing?
If you do not have an operation you may suffer one of the serious complications that results from staying in bed for a long time. These complications include pressure sores, pneumonia and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs). These complications can be fatal.
Who should have it done?
If your thighbone is broken and you are fit enough for surgery, you ought to have the fracture fixed.
Who should not have it done?
If you suffer from major medical problems, these should be sorted out before you have the operation. These problems include irregular heart rhythms and breathing problems.
Author: Mr Boyd Goldie MBBS FRCS BSC DHMSA. Consultant in orthopaedics & trauma.
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