FAQs-Hip Fracture Surgery

What is the need of surgery in hip fracture?

Surgery is required to relieve pain and help to restore mobility as most of the hip fractures do not heal without surgery and patient may develop complications associated with reduced mobility, such as pressure sores and chest infections.

Will there be any pain after the surgery?

The procedure is performed under anaesthesia and patient may hardly feel any pain for up to 12 hours. After that, pain medication, either tablets or injections, are given to make patient as comfortable as possible.

How long will patient need to stay in hospital after hemiarthroplasty?

Patient will be required to stay for few days in the hospital depending upon the procedure performed and patient condition after surgery. It may range from 2 -6 days.

What should patient expect during recovery & rehabilitation?

During recovery period, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are generally advised to patients so that they can better take care of themselves. Patient is given an instruction list that needs to be followed along with proper medication.

What should patient eat and drink after surgery?

Although there are no specific diet or extra vitamins / nutrients needed to recover from the surgery, but it is important to have a normal healthy balanced diet and plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.

What should the patient do in case any problem arises in the surgery site?

Following conditions should not be ignored and immediately reported to the surgeon:

  • Excessive swelling in lower leg or ankle

  • Sudden swelling, redness, warmth and pain in the whole leg

  • Worsening pain in the leg

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath