A hip fracture is a potentially life-threatening injury, especially for older adults. Approximately 25 percent of people over age 50 who fracture a hip die within the first year of the injury; another 60 percent are unable to perform common activities such as bathing, dressing and cooking. The stress of care giving can be hard on spouses and family members, too.
Spectrum Health's orthopaedic program has the area's most experienced team of orthopaedic trauma surgeons and nurses with specific expertise in fracture repair. Our fracture care programs follow national best practices.
Geriatric Fracture Program
Research shows that patients have better results after a hip fracture if they are treated right away. Spectrum Health's Geriatric Fracture Program is the only one of it's kind in our area that ensures elderly patients with a fracture receive quick, comprehensive and well-coordinated care by our entire team of specialists, from the emergency room to surgery to rehabilitation and recovery.
Osteoporosis and Hip Fracture
Older adults with osteoporosis who have already fractured bones elsewhere in their body are at the highest risk for hip fracture. In fact, a hip fracture is usually considered a fragility fracture and therefore, a sign of osteoporosis. Although men have a lower risk of osteoporosis, they are more likely to do poorly after a fracture than women.
Spectrum Health automatically screens hip fracture patients for osteoporosis. Our surgeons work in tandem with our Osteoporosis Center to be sure patients have a complete diagnostic work-up and comprehensive treatment plan to address osteoporosis as well as their fracture.
Hip Fracture Recovery
Patients recovering from a hip fracture, and their family members or caregivers, can take advantage of our Hip Fracture Recovery program. This intensive inpatient rehabilitation program teaches effective pain management strategies and home safety measures for preventing falls and other accidents.
Spectrum Health offers a full range of services to help you continue your recovery after you leave the hospital. These include rehabilitation services at one of our outpatient locations or at home.