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ask: What is treatment for intr-articular fracture involving pelvis and hip joint?

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After a fall 12 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a pelvic fracture in 2 places on my right side. I have a hip replacement on the same side. Since there has been very little improvement (pain, walking, sleeping), a bone scan was done. Now there is suspicion of an intra-articular fracture, that the pelvic fracture has possibly extended into the hip joint. If it proves to be positive, what is the treatment?

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Pat Elliott HERWriter Guide

Thanks for your question and seeking information to support your health. An intraarticular fracture is one in which the break crosses into the surface of a joint. These are treated like other fractures but have additional considerations related to the position of bone fragments and their relationship to ligaments. You will need to talk with your doctor about your specific treatment but generally the goal is to restore the joint surfaces to their original positions, but this is not always possible. Treatment may include surgery and the use of hardware to help hold the bones in position. The following link provides more information about the type of hardware used in most pelvic procedures:

We provide general information to assist you in advocating for your health. You will need to discuss your specific situation with your doctor who has your complete medical history and diagnostic information. Good luck to you.

January 10, 2011 - 5:53pm
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