Read this morning’s article to learn about a procedure used to help treat femoral fractures
Femur Fracture Fixation with Dynamic Hip Screw is a surgical procedure used to treat fractures of the femur that may affect hip movement. This is accomplished by retaining the head of the femur, or upper leg bone, allowing for natural hip movement.
Patients who may benefit from this procedure may include those who have fractured their femur due to trauma or injury. Patients with degenerative conditions may also experience fractures due to degenerative conditions or diseases.
General anesthesia is applied once the patient has been positioned to allow access to the side of the thigh. The side of the thigh is then made clean and sterile.
The surgeon first makes an incision to access the femur. The area of the fracture is realigned if the fracture has caused misalignment of the femoral head.
The surgeon drills a hole through the femur's side and into the head of the femur. Once the hole is drilled, the surgeon inserts a lag screw into the hole and places a metal plate over the lag screw and against the femur. When the plate is in place, it is screwed into place with surgical screws.
The surgeon closes the incision with surgical staples or screws. A bandage is then applied.
Often, this procedure requires a hospital stay of a few days. Physical therapy will be prescribed by the physician in order to retrain the hip to perform more natural movement with the aid of the dynamic hip screw. Within 10 to 45 days, many patients who undergo this procedure are able to shift their full weight onto the affected leg.