Conservative versus operative treatment for hip fractures in adults

Added April 9, 2013

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Conservative treatment will be acceptable where modern surgical facilities are unavailable, and will result in a reduction in complications associated with surgery, but rehabilitation is likely to be slower and limb deformity more common.

Until operative treatment involving the use of various implants was introduced in the 1950s, hip fractures were managed using conservative methods based on traction and bed rest. This review compares conservative with operative treatment for fractures of the proximal femur (hip) in adults.