HIP FRACTURE REPAIR SURGERY
(HIP PINNING)

Hip Repair Treatments
in Scottsdale

Surgeons have a few different treatment options when it comes to repairing a hip injury. The type of surgery needed depends on factors such as the severity and location of the break and a patient’s overall health condition. We offer some of the top solutions for hip pinning in Scottsdale, AZ.

Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Partial Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip Fracture Repair Surgery

Understanding How the Hip Works

To understand hip fracture surgery, it helps to first understand how the hip works. The hip joint is called a ball-and-socket joint, where the head of your femur bone nestles in your hip socket to provide range of motion. A hip fracture involving the femoral neck refers to a break that happens to the femur directly below the head. The need for hip pinning can also involve the upper part of the femur bone, in the region below the femoral neck, and is called an intertrochanteric fracture.

Hip Pinning

Hip pinning is a type of hip fracture repair surgery that’s best for repairing fractures to the femoral neck when the bones are relatively well aligned. The procedure uses metal screws through a very small incision to hold the bone together and provide stability until it has a chance to heal.

Below the Femoral Neck

Fractures to the area below the femoral neck, or intertrochanteric region, are often repaired using a rod placed inside the shaft along with a large screw into the femoral head to hold the fracture while it heals.

Total Hip Procedure

Total hip replacement surgery in the Phoenix area is recommended if the damage from the injury can’t be repaired by hip pinning or a partial replacement. In this case, we’ll replace the entire hip joint with artificial prostheses made of metal, ceramic and plastic.

Partial Hip Procedure

If you’ve only injured your femoral neck but your hip socket is fine, you’ll likely need a partial hip replacement. With this procedure, we’ll replace the ball or upper portion of your femur with a strong artificial part. It’s best for adults who live alone and have health conditions or cognitive impairment. This surgery isn’t recommended for damage caused by arthritis

When Hip Fracture Repair Surgery is Needed

People who have experienced a hip fracture experience constant pain in the hip or groin area and difficulty getting up or walking. Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may also have some low back pain, swelling and bruising. Another clear sign of an injury is if your foot turns out at an unnatural angle or the leg appears shortened.

Diagnosis

The hip fracture experts at Greater Phoenix Orthopedics will put you through a thorough physical evaluation to diagnose a fracture and figure out the extent of the damage. Since X-rays don’t always reveal the whole fracture, we may also order additional tests, including an MRI or CT. We’ll recommend the best hip fracture surgery option to get you back on the move.

Hip Pinning Treatment Recovery Time

In most cases, you’ll be out of bed and moving the day after your surgery. Once discharged from our clinic in Scottsdale, you’ll work with a physical therapist for up to three months to help recover strength and mobility. For elderly patients, we might recommend a stay in a rehabilitation center so they have the additional support needed to recover quickly.

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