Surgery usually is better ways to treat hip fracture, however in most of the cases. Talking generally, if you were a healthy and active person before fracture occurred, your recovery shall be faster (after surgery) as compared to a person who had some disease when he suffered fracture (there are more chances of complications in later stage).
So, what happens after hip bone fracture surgery?
- After hip fracture surgery, patient is given medicines to relieve pain and also to avoid blood clotting (also called anticoagulants).
- To give complete rest to hip, patient might be even given a urinary catheter so that he/she doesn’t have to get out of bed to urinate.
- In good hospitals, there is usually a facility of leg compression pumps (or compression stocking) that squeezes your leg and ensure that blood circulation is good and there are no blood clots in the affected area.
- Doctor also gives patient cushion between his/her legs to keep hip in right position. Metabolism can get affected during such condition. Let your doctor or nurse around know if you have any such problem.
- Since your physical activity levels go down all of sudden, you might even face problems with congestion in your lungs. To prevent this, doctor might teach you simple breathing exercises
- Doctor may recommend Anticoagulant drug to reduce chances of blood clots and associated stroke, pulmonary embolism, or thrombophlebitis. This medicines have to be taken at least till 3 weeks until the patient physical activity level rise to a state that there are no longer chances of blog clots.
- Doctors will teach you how to move your feet-up and down to flex muscles and better blood circulation. Doctor will also tell you how to keep your hip in the right position while you make small movements or how to move in bed and get out.
On 1st day after a successful surgery, you might he moved into a chair for a very short time and doctor might ask you to do very light exercises on 2nd day itself.
If you’re wondering, how long will I have to stay in hospital after surgery, it’s not more than two to four days.
Once you have start healing and feel better, you must start moving around. Small movements help in faster recovery and also reduces chances of complications.
Doctors will then move patient to extended-care facility for rehabilitation before discharging him/her to home so that he/she can do daily activities such as how to take a bath on a bath stool. Research & Survey reveals that 6 months of outpatient rehabilitation program (that can improve quality of life as it helps in reducing fracture recovery time and allows you to return to daily activities sooner and also reduce chances of any permanent disability.
Patient usually needs walking aid for extra support such as a walker, cane, or crutches-for months until complete recovery (which may take up to a year).
Recovery from a hip fracture is never easy. If you’re mentally strong, you will surely be able to live a normal life again. You must do everything to keep your bones strong.