Nonoperative treatment of intracapsular fractures of the proximal femur

Michael Heim, Abraham Adunski, Aahron Chechick

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Of 2776 intracapsular fractures of the proximal femur, 18% of the patients were treated nonoperatively. Included in the group of patients who were treated conservatively were children, patients with cardiac problems or mental problems, stroke, renal failure, multiple disseminated malignancies, and patients who chose nonoperative treatment. The medical treatment protocol can be divided into two stages: Initially, (1) nursing of a bedridden patient with emphasis on the prevention of complications; and (2) once partial bone union has occurred, the attempted rehabilitation to independent ambulation. Paramedical services provide a major contribution during inpatient therapy and during the preparation for returning the patient to the community. A multidisciplinary medical team evaluates and assesses the patient's needs and rehabilitation potential and in cooperation with the patient and the family, an operative plan then is established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
StatePublished - 2002


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