Understanding How the Hip Works
To understand hip fracture surgery, it helps to first understand how the hip works. The 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.