The Geriatric Hip Fracture program at Penn Medicine is focused on the advanced diagnosis, surgical repair and rehabilitation of hip fractures in people over age 65.
What Is a Geriatric Hip Fracture?
A hip fracture is a break occurring in the upper-third of the thigh bone (femur) and/or around the hip joint. Geriatric hip fractures are fractures in the hip sustained by elderly adults, which are usually the result of a fall.
When compared to treatment for younger patients, hip fractures in aging individuals often require a higher complexity of care, due to additional health concerns faced by senior citizens: The elderly are more susceptible to hip fractures from their likeliness to also have diseases which cause weakened bones and fragility, loss of muscle mass and balance instability. Even a ‘low impact’ fall for an active senior with one or some of these issues could result in a severe hip fracture. Caring for a geriatric hip fracture patient is both surgically and clinically complex, demanding the time-sensitive coordination of many high quality clinical disciplines.
Geriatric Hip Fracture Treatment: Streamlined for Best Outcomes
The moment a senior fractures their hip, the clock starts to tick. It is optimal to surgically treat a hip fracture as soon as possible, as research shows that unnecessary delays can significantly increase complications.