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ORIF of Hip Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of a hip fracture?

ORIF is surgery to fix a broken bone in your hip. A hip fracture is a break in the top of the femur or in the hip socket. The femur is the long bone in your thigh that attaches to your pelvis at the hip joint. Open reduction means that the bone is moved back into the right place with surgery. Internal fixation means that hardware (such as screws, rods, or pins) is used to hold the broken bones together. You may also need an implant to replace your hip socket. ORIF of a hip fracture is also called percutaneous hip pinning.

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How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What should I expect after surgery?

What are the risks of ORIF of a hip fracture?

You may develop a life-threatening blood clot. You may have trouble walking without a walker or cane even after surgery. You may develop arthritis (joint inflammation) in your hip. Nerves may be injured. Your bone may not heal well or heal fully. You may have a limp if one leg becomes shorter than the other.

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