Operative treatment of hip fractures in patients with renal failure

David M. Klein, Paul Tornetta, Carl Barbera, David Neuman

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The conditions of a hip fracture and renal failure cause particularly high mortality. Eight patients (average age, 63 years) who had operative treatment for nine hip fractures were studied retrospectively. Three had intertrochanteric fractures fixed with sliding compression screws, and five had femoral neck fractures (bilateral in one patient): two nondisplaced femoral neck fractures were fixed with percutaneous screws, and four displaced femoral neck fractures were treated with arthroplasties in three and percutaneous screws in one. Operative treatment was done when the patient was in medically stable condition (average, 8 days). Full weightbearing was allowed on the injured limb after surgery. Early morbidity analysis showed no wound infections, thromboembolic events, or hemorrhagic complications. The first year mortality was three (38%). Late morbidity included one nonunion and one sliding screw penetration. Total mortality at 6 years was seven (88%) patients, with an average postoperative survival time of 28 months. Preoperative ambulation was preserved in five of seven (71%) patients. On the basis of this study, it appears that a team approach to operative management including nephrologist and surgeon helps to reduce short term complications and mortality and allows such patients to be mobilized and regain ambulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
StatePublished - May 1998
Externally publishedYes


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