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Martha Jefferson Monday: What Happens if you Fracture Your Hip?

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A hip fracture occurs when there's a break in your femur bone. Typically, fractures occur when your bones are weak.

"As people age, the skeleton loses calcium," said Dr. John Edwards, and orthopedic surgeon at Martha Jefferson Orthopedics.

You're most at risk for a hip fracture if you are elderly, a woman, thin or a smoker. Dr. Edwards says it's important to know if you fall into one of these high-risk categories, but reassures patients by explaining that if they do get hurt, there's a team available to help.

"At Martha Jefferson we have a program to evaluate patients with hip fractures and make sure their medical problems are properly managed," said Dr. Edwards. "Then, there's a team of surgeons who are available to do the surgery when necessary."

The type of surgery that's performed depends on the type of break. Sometimes a nail can be used to fix the problem. Other times, a hip replacement is needed.

Regardless, after surgery, all patients who have suffered a hip fracture are enrolled in a hip fracture program, and seen by an endocrinologist to ensure there are no future fractures.

"What we want to avoid is a situation where a patient breaks one hip and later breaks their other hip," noted Dr. Edwards.

For more information on this topic, call Health Connection at (434) 654-7009.

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