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Hi anon,

While a large majority of broken hips (also called "hip fractures") do occur in the elderly from a fall, hip fractures can be caused from a bone weakened from osteoporosis, a cyst or infection. Just as a bone in your foot can sustain a stress fracture, so can the hip bone. According to MedlinePlus, "elderly patients with bones weakened by osteoporosis, relatively little trauma, even walking, may result in a hip fracture".

Can you tell us more about her broken hip? What part of the hip has been broken? To answer your question about treatment and surgery, would depend on the type of break (defined by the location of the break in the bone), as well as the age of your relative, any other medical conditions, etc.

I hope to hear from you soon! In the meantime, you can review some of the following resources:
- EmpowHer Hip Fracture Encyclopedia
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- Mayo Clinic

March 10, 2009 - 1:43pm


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