Treatment of femoral neck fracture in Dnipro

A femoral neck fracture is a serious injury to the bones at the junction of the hip and pelvis. A fracture causes not only bone damage but also a rupture of blood vessels. Most often, the damage occurs to older people, in most cases women, which is connected to the hormonal processes in the body. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention and surgery to repair the bone frequently.

The causes of a femoral neck fracture

A femoral neck fracture usually occurs due to an injury or a fall, especially for people over 65 years old. The risk of a femoral neck fracture may be increased by:

  • osteoporosis, which makes bones more fragile and prone to fracture even with minor trauma.
  • a fall from a height or onto a hard surface.
  • sports injuries, especially in athletes involved in contact sports or acrobatics.
  • injuries in road traffic accidents.
  • cancerous tumors, especially in the bone area, due to the weakening of bone tissue.
  • excess weight, which increases the load on the hip joint.

The symptoms and signs of a femoral neck fracture

The main symptoms of a femoral neck fracture:

  • an acute pain in the pelvis and the leg, which intensifies with movement or when trying to put load on the leg,
  • a restriction of movement, including the inability to stand or walk,
  • an inability to keep a straight leg suspended,
  • swelling and bruising in the thigh and the upper leg area,
  • an abnormal leg position, for example, the injured leg may appear shorter and turned inward or outward,
  • a creaking or popping noise in the hip area when trying to move.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should immediately make an appointment with a doctor for a diagnosis and prompt treatment of this serious injury.

The methods for diagnosing a femoral neck fracture at N1 Clinic in Dnipro

The orthopedic doctors at N1 Clinic diagnose a femoral neck fracture using the following methods:

  • Radiography. It allows you to obtain an image of the bones, which helps determine the presence and nature of the fracture.
  • Computed tomography (CT). It’s used in cases of complex fractures or when x-ray images do not provide a complete picture of the bone damage.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It’s used for an additional assessment of muscles, tendons, and blood vessels in the fracture area.
  • Ultrasound (ultrasound). It allows you to detect bleeding and other damage around the fracture.

Typically, the doctor uses several methods depending on the specific situation.

The treatment methods for a femoral neck fracture at N1 Clinic

At N1 Clinic the treatment for a femoral neck fracture depends on the nature and the severity of the fracture.

For a conservative treatment, the following options can be used:

  • An immobilization to stabilize the hip and prevent movement at the fracture site.
  • Physical therapy to restore function and strength to the muscles around the fracture and improve joint mobility.

In most cases, the orthopedic doctor prescribes a surgical treatment as the most effective:

  • An osteosynthesis, which helps to restore the correct position of the bones and fix them with special implants such as metal plates, screws, or nails.
  • A hip replacement. It’s a replacement of a damaged joint with a prosthesis.

The treatment is chosen by the orthopedic surgeon only after a complete diagnosis and based on the type and characteristics of the fracture, as well as the general condition of the patient. It is important to contact a specialist for individual advice and development of a treatment plan. If a femoral neck fracture is nevertheless diagnosed, the cost of the operation depends on the complexity of the fracture and the chosen method of treatment. For example, if surgery is prescribed for a femoral neck fracture, the price when selecting a hip replacement depends on the chosen prosthesis. And when choosing an osteosynthesis, the price depends on the necessary implants.

The process of surgery performed for a femora neck fracture at N1 Clinic

The patient is preliminarily examined and prepared for surgery, including blood tests, ECG, consultations with an anesthesiologist, and other necessary procedures. Before the surgery begins, the patient is given general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision in the skin at the fracture site to gain access to the damaged area.

If an osteosynthesis is performed, the surgeon returns the bones to their correct position using special instruments and implants, such as metal plates, screws, or nails. If a surgeon performs a hip replacement, he removes the damaged parts of the bone and replaces them with a prosthesis. Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon closes the wound and applies stitches.

The period and process of rehabilitation after surgery

Rehabilitation after a femoral neck fracture surgery depends on the patient’s age, the nature of the fracture, the patient’s general health, and other individual characteristics.

In the first days after surgery, the patient remains in the hospital under the supervision of medical staff. The first days, the patient can move with the help of a walker or crutches.

After the patient is discharged from the hospital, the orthopedic surgeon prescribes physical therapy, which includes exercises to restore strength and flexibility in the hip area.

Gradually, the patient needs to increase activity and load on the operated hip, under the guidance of a rehabilitation specialist.

In addition, it is important to attend follow-up visits with your doctor to monitor your progress and adjust your rehabilitation course if necessary.

The advantages of treating a femoral neck fracture at N1 Clinic in Dnipro

If you suspect a femoral neck fracture, N1 Clinic is ready to provide you with emergency care in our 24-hour emergency room. Our specialists will conduct a complete diagnosis and select the most effective treatment method.

If necessary, orthopedic doctors with more than 20 years of experience in surgery will perform an osteosynthesis or a hip replacement. We provide a guarantee for surgery performed if the patient follows all the doctor’s instructions and attends follow-up visits.

Don’t delay making an appointment with a specialist to get quick help and minimize the consequences of your injury.