The Fractured Hip
Most patients are brought to our Emergency Department after they have broken their hip. After breaking a hip, surgery is often needed to fix the broken bones. A doctor will talk with you about what needs to be done to fix your hip or your family member's hip.
After surgery you (or your family member) will need time to recover and the bones will need time to heal. You will need to change the way you do things. Simple daily activities and getting around will be hard in the beginning but will get easier with time and effort.
Members of the health care team will talk with you about your living situation and what needs to be in place before you leave the hospital. You may need extra support before you are able to go home. Depending on your situation you may go:
- directly home
- to a rehabilitation unit
- to a convalescent care program
- to another area as determined by you and your health care team
Anatomy of the hip
The bones of the hip are the femur and the pelvis. The femur is your long thigh bone. The top of the femur is shaped like a ball. It is called the femoral head. This fits into the socket part of the pelvis. Together these bones form a ball and socket joint. The hip joint allows your leg to move front to back and from side to side.