Hip Stabilization Procedure - What Should You Know?

Hip-Stabilization-ProceduresHip Stabilization procedure

A hip stabilization procedure is one of the types of orthopedic treatment procedures that is widely used around the world today by orthopedic specialists in order to provide support and strength to a damaged hip joint. Hip stabilization procedure is useful in successfully restoring the strength and range of motion back in the damaged knee joint using medical-grade metal screws, nails, rods and plates. Hip stabilization procedures usually consist of realigning the damaged bones to their original position and fixing them in place using metal screws, plates and pins.

Why is a Hip Stabilization procedure required?

A hip stabilization procedure needs to be performed to keep the broken pieces of the hip bone in place to allow faster healing. Certain bones have the ability to heal naturally when realigned and out inside a cast but a broken hip bone is not likely to heal without surgical intervention. A hip stabilization procedure is required in severe hip fracture cases that need to have the hip’s strength and movement restored using artificially supportive techniques.

What is a Hip Stabilization procedure?

Hip stabilization procedure is one of the more reliable forms of orthopedic treatment methods that is used to successfully treat a severely damaged, painful and disabling hip bone injury. This procedure uses a set of medical-grade metal screws, pins, plates and rods to stabilize the damaged hip bone and to provide it support for healing and restoring the strength and range of motion in it. A hip stabilization procedure is a major type of orthopedic surgery and requires a general anesthesia to be administered to the patient prior to the surgery. A hip stabilization process usually consists of two parts:
  • Reduction – This step involves removing any unwanted bone spurs, debris or other waste material that might have become accumulated in the damaged hip joint. The bones are then realigned into their original positions.
  • Internal Fixation – Hip repair with internal fixation involves stabilizing the broken bones with medical-grade surgical screws, pins, rods and plates. This form of surgery is normally recommended for misaligning fractures of the hip. This method is also known as ‘hip pinning’.
After the administering of anesthesia the surgeon will make a few incisions over the fractured bone of the hip. The surgeon will carefully shift the disarrayed pieces of broken bones in the hip to their original positions. These realigned pieces of bones tend to slip back to their new abnormal position hence the surgeon will use surgical pins, screws, plates or rods to fix these bones in place together. These metal components are supportive in nature and are kept in place until the bones heal and are positioned permanently. The incisions are closed using sutures. The surgeon will use x-ray imaging to check for the stability of the restored hip bone for a few days after surgery to ensure that the procedure was successful in restoring strength and movement to the previously damaged hip bone.

What are the advantages of Hip Stabilization procedure?

The hip stabilization procedure is a somewhat better alternative than a total hip replacement. This procedure allows for restoring strength and movement back to the damaged hip using stabilizing techniques to facilitate the natural healing of the damaged bone of the hip. Stabilization procedure has been found to be successful in treating hip fractures faster as well as the other related complications that arise due to prolonged bed rest such as weakness and pressure sores.

What are the risks associated with a Hip Stabilization procedure?

There are several risks that are associated with any major surgical procedure such as:
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Anesthetic reaction
  • Delayed healing of wound
There are other risks that are associated solely with this surgery, such as:
  • Non-union of fractured bones
  • Fracture around affixed metal components
  • Limb length difference (healed leg is shorter)
  • Osteonecrosis
Your surgeon/doctor will take every possible precautionary measure possible to avoid these, and any other, complications and risks from arising.
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