Hip fractures in elderly individuals can lead to significant morbidity and have a high mortality if not treated with expedience. Prompt evaluation and surgical intervention is needed in these cases. One of the most common sites of fracture around the hip joint is the femoral neck, an area that is subject to high levels of stress during weight-bearing. This region has a tenuous blood supply and poor healing potential, making it difficult to achieve healing with a repair-type procedure. The treatment of choice in these cases is a partial hip replacement, where the fractured femoral head/neck, or ball of the hip is replaced, while the intact socket is preserved.
This allows the patient to start weight-bearing immediately, and facilitates quick return to normal activities of daily living, after a brief stay in the hospital or rehabilitation facility.