Early Rehabilitation Following Osteosynthesis With the Sliding Hip Screw for Trochanteric Fractures
B Nue Møller, U Lucht, F Grymer, N J Bartholdy
A prospective study of 104 patients with throchanteric hip fractures was undertaken with particular regard to postoperative complications and rehabilitation at the follow-up 3 months later. The mortality was 20%, depended more on the social function prior to the fracture than on the patient's age. Osteosynthesis was performed with the Richards sliding screw-plate system. The most frequent clinical complications were of a cardiovascular and pulmonary nature. Technical failure was encountered in 10%. Hip function was excellent or good in 69%. In 40% the ability to walk remained unchanged after the operation. Seventy-five per cent of the patients returned to their own homes, although 51% were more dependent on the social welfare system than before the fracture. The social function prior to the fracture determined the social function after the fracture to a greater extent than did the patient's age.
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