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The hip is a ball and socket joint. The femur forms the ball; the acetabulum is the socket. This round, smooth, cartilage-covered bone is part of the pelvis. An acetabular or hip fracture may occur in a high impact car accident, truck accident, or slip and fall accident. The type and severity of the break depends on the position of the femoral head at the time of the accident.
Treatment of Hip Fracture
An acetabular / hip fracture is a complex orthopedic injury. The surgery should be performed by an experienced acetabular orthopedic surgeon to ensure the best fracture alignment and the fewest complications. The optimal time for surgery is within the first week after the injury.
During surgery, the fracture fragments are cleaned, the fractures are realigned, and then stabilized with plates and screws. The surgery generally takes 3-6 hours.
Hip Fracture Complications
Surgery to realign a hip fracture has a number of common, but potentially serious, complications. They are:
- injury to a nerve
- sciatic nerve
- femoral nerve
- superior gluteal nerve
- wound infection
- deep vein blood clots
- osteonecrosis (bone death) of the femoral head or fragment
- chondrolysis (destruction of articular cartilage)
Minnesota Acetabular – Hip Fracture Attorney
If you have sustained a traumatic hip fracture due to the negligence of another, you may be able to receive compensation for past and future medical expenses, physical therapy expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We will do the paperwork, negotiate with the insurance companies, and file your claim. Call 612-TSR-TIME or submit our contact form.