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Hip Fracture

Hip fractures are commonly called broken hips. You can break your hip at any age, but the majority of hip fractures occur in people older than 65. As you age, your bones slowly lose minerals and become less dense. This happens more quickly in some people than in others.  With dimished balance, strength, reflexes and eye-sight that can all occur with age, elderly patients are at higher risk of falling down and combined with weaker bones, the risk of hip fracture can become quite high.

Once a certain level of bone loss has occurred, a person may be diagnosed with a condition called Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones. The bone loss that creates and occurs in osteoporosis causes a gradual loss of density which weakens bones and makes them more susceptible to a hip fracture.

A hip fracture is a serious injury, as the complications can be life-threatening. Fortunately, surgery to repair a hip fracture is usually very effective, although recovery often requires time and patience.

Depending on the type of fracture that has occurred, the hip can either be “fixed” or “replaced”.  Surgery to repair a broken hip is called a fixation where the bones are pinned, plated or nailed together again with metal hardware.  With certain hip fracture patterns there is a high risk of a portion of the bone failing to heal and collapsing.  In these cases, a hip replacent is generally performed.  In the majority of patients, this is performed with a hemiarthroplasty in which only the femoral (thigh bone) side of the hip is replaced.  This procedure has less bloodloss, less stress on patients physiology and a reduced risk of dislocation.  However, hip fractures increasing are being replaced using total hip replacement in younger, more active patients.  In a small number of patients that were unable to walk prior to their hip fracture, consideration may be given to non-operative treatment as performing the procedure will likely not affect their long-term mobility and function.

Walking Is Man's Best Medicine

Although it was many years ago, the statement by Hippocrates holds the truth to healthy lifestyles today. However many people are unable to walk or take an active role in their health due to the pain and limitations caused by Arthritis. At Concordia Joint Replacement Group, we provide options to reduce pain and improve the wellbeing of persons affected by Arthritis.

We strive for excellence in the clinical care of patients undergoing joint replacement of the hip or knee through high quality standards for patient safety, patient education, rehabilitation and surgical techniques. The team at the Concordia Joint Replacement Group and the Concordia Hospital in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority value research and the latest strategies to achieve high levels of patient satisfaction.

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The Concordia Joint Replacement Group is supported by The Concordia Foundation, Manitoba, Canada.

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13036 3336RR0001

Charitable tax receipts will be issued from The Concordia Foundation. Please address cheque to The Concordia Foundation and designate your gift for the Arthroplasty Research Chair at Concordia.


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