Acetabular & HIP Fracture

  • On the second day following surgery for an acetabular fracture, patients are usually able to get out of bed. Crutches must be used for 8 weeks following surgery, but by 12 weeks most people are able to walk unassisted
  • Outcomes: It typically takes from 9 to 12 months for an acetabular fracture to completely heal. The outcomes of treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on the following: Pattern and severity of the fracture.
  • The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The socket part is lined with smooth cartilage and is called the acetabulum, which is part of the pelvis. When the socket is fractured, it is called an acetabular fracture. Such fractures are far less common than fractures to the ball part of the joint.
  • Acetabular (hip socket) fractures are serious orthopaedic injuries, usually resulting from significant trauma. Acetabular fracture surgery realigns and stabilizes the displaced joint surfaces while allowing the patient to avoid traction and prolonged bedrest.
  • Physical therapy, the use of crutches and, rarely, surgery may be recommended. Healing can take eight to 12 weeks. Severe injuries to the pelvis that involve several breaks can be life-threatening. Shock, extensive internal bleeding and internal organs damage may be involved.
  • Pelvic fractures usually start to heal about four weeks after the fracture. Some patients may notice less pain as soon as a few days after a fracture, depending on the severity of the fracture, but most patients take pain medication for four to six weeks after the injury.
  • Pelvic fractures usually start to heal about four weeks after the fracture. Some patients may notice less pain as soon as a few days after a fracture, depending on the severity of the fracture, but most patients take pain medication for four to six weeks after the injury.
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