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Hip Fracture Surgery

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Evolution of Hip Fracture Surgery

The primary goals of hip fracture surgery are twofold: decrease the pain associated with the fractured femur bone, but more importantly get patients back to walking. Historically, the treatment of fractures of the femur required the use of plates and screws to stabilize the fracture. But this approach requires a larger incision and dissection and does not allow for early weightbearing because it would cause the screws and/or plate to break.

While the idea for placing an implant within the hollow canal inside a bone has been around since the 1940s, it was not until the end of the 20 th century that designs were improved on and femoral nailing became a viable and attractive option for treating hip fractures. Femoral nailing has also been shown to have shorter surgical times and lower infection rates.

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