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How does a broken hip heal without surgery?

6 answers | Last updated: Mar 06, 2015
Gloria J. asked...

My 90 year old father broke his hip, but the surgeon doesn't think surgery is a good choice for him. How does a broken hip heal without surgery?


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RobinD answered...

It will not heal without surgery; however this will probably mean that your father will never walk again. It is time to put that phase into play where the caregiving will change tremendously.

The probable reason behind the surgeon saying it is not a good choice for him, is that the surgery is too risky for your father, given his health. The chances of survival is very slim and the anesthesia advances the severity of the disease.


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Rhonda-Lynn answered...

My 83 year-old mother had a hip fracture in early March of this year. She was misdiagnosed for two weeks and, after two separate x-rays, was finally admitted to hospital with a confirmed fracture. She too was told that surgery would not be performed and that the fracture would heal with bed rest.

After six weeks and another x-ray, my Mum was released from hospital. She was pain free and was allowed to finally put weight on her injured hip. She had one good pain free week at home and then was in excruciating pain all over again. We rushed her by ambulance back to the hospital and, sure enough, the original fracture had come apart (she has osteoporosis) and, as a result also damaged the femur on the same same side.

My mother has since had surgery - bipolar arthroplasty - a week and a half ago. The surgery was performed using a spinal anesthetic. She is still in pain and we expect her recovery to be a long process, but we are fortunate that this option was available to her.

Wshing you and your family all the best. ((hugs))


Hipster2go answered...

I broke my hip 6 months ago. The X-ray didn't show a break but the MRI. After the MRI the surgeon scheduled surgery but happily he suggested I could try to let it heal on its own without surgery. It sounded like a great deal to me. I stayed home, used a walker for 6 weeks and put little to no weight on that leg. At 6 weeks I was allowed to quit using the walker (the walker was my choice over crutches which was what the surgeon gave me to use) consistently during that time. I stayed home 2 additional weeks. It is now 6 months out and life without screws in my hip is wonderful! I appreciate my surgeon; he could have done the surgery and made more money than he made from my office visits but chose what was best for his patient.


sg00123 answered...

Idk if it will heal without surgery but I'm taking care of a 95 year old lady right now that fell and broke her hip. She's been out of surgery for 3 weeks but is still in so much pain. So idk why they would tell u he can't get surgery.


omaderkrout answered...

My mother, almost 95, fell today and broke her shoulder and the hip on the same side, my niece who lives with her was told that she probably wouldn't survive the surgery, and that she would be bed ridden for the rest of her life. Seeing these comments and answers gives me the faith that our bodies cah heal without a Dr.s intervention, and that makes me happy. Just hope God hurries up and heals her.


mh0121 answered...

I was 50 when I fell on ice. I had pain but was able to stand enough to get inside and make it to a bed. I did not seek medical help immediately (there was 18 inches of snow on the longish driveway to the house). After 24 hrs. I was able to get out of bed, use the bathroom and make some simple food to keep strength. Basically I was driving and working by the fourth day. I got a walking cane to help and went through numerous bottles of flavored antacid tablets. I think my body was craving calcium and this helped. By the seventh day I did see a doctor, still able to walk and treated only as an inflammation. By the end of the third month I still hurt and sought more medical help. I had an MRI which confirmed a fracture that was healing. By this point I had seen an orthopedic specialist. Additional xrays two months later confirmed the bone was in a good position and healing and I chose not to pursue surgery. I am otherwise healthy, heavier than I should be which led the doctor to advise weight loss before surgery. But it's been over 4 years and I have developed some arthritis in the joint which is painful but tolerable and I take ibuprofen on really bad days or when I know I will be active or sitting for periods of time. This is not the solution for everyone but it worked for me. Now I will pursue hip replacement surgery when the discomfort really interferes with quality of life. More education for me, but some information I have suggests the replacement hip may last for twenty years and as of now a second replacement is not always possible. I prefer to have some pain now and still be mobile when I am in my 70's-80's.I watch when I walk, careful not to trip and fall and concern about breaking either hip as that will surely mean surgery.