However, says Dr. Matityahu, there are three important questions that anyone should ask their doctor before having treatment to repair a broken hip or undergoing hip replacement surgery:
“What kind of a hip fracture is it?”
“Will I be able to walk after surgery?”
“Do I need to have hip replacement surgery or can I just have the fracture treated?”
Dr. Matityahu says that some fractures will always need to have the hip socket replaced, while some injuries may be repaired, depending on the location of the injury. “After surgery the most important thing to know is whether you’ll be able to walk, so ask your surgeon first,’” he says. “Blood clots commonly occur with hip surgery; ask your doctor what type of anti-clotting medication will be used.”
Finally, says Dr. Matityahu, patients should ask if it’s necessary to see their primary physician before scheduling surgery, depending on their overall medical condition.
For more information visit Dr. Amir Matityahu’s website at http://www.amirmd.com or call (415) 206-8812.
About Dr. Matityahu:
Dr. Amir Matityahu is an orthopaedic surgeon specialized in complex orthopaedic trauma and reconstruction due to high velocity injuries. His areas of clinical interest are pelvic and acetabular fracture surgery, complex periarticular fractures, and percutaneous and submuscular fracture fixation techniques.
His research interests include testing innovative implant design for fracture care and acetabular and periarticular fracture biomechanics.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California at San Francisco.
Director of Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital.