Surgery is required to relieve pain and help to restore mobility as most of the hip fractures do not heal without surgery and patients may develop complications associated with reduced mobility, such as pressure sores and chest infections.
The procedure is performed under anesthesia and patient may hardly feel any pain for up to 12 hours. After that, pain medication, either tablets or injections, are given to make patient as comfortable as possible.
Patient will be required to stay for a few days in the hospital depending upon the procedure performed and patient condition after surgery. It may range from 2 -6 days.
During the recovery period, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are generally advised to patients so that they can better take care of themselves. Patient is given an instruction list that needs to be followed along with proper medication.
Although there are no specific diet or extra vitamins/nutrients needed to recover from the surgery, it is important to have a normal healthy balanced diet and plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
Following conditions should not be ignored and immediately reported to the surgeon: