Hip fractures in the elderly are typically lower energy in nature than hip fractures in younger populations. Both, however, require prompt and appropriate surgical treatment to prevent significant morbidity. Even the 1-year mortality rate following hip fractures is elevated when compared to age-matched controls. Complications, in either case, include posttraumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, and thromboembolic disease. The goal of treatment is to restore patients, as early as possible, to their prefracture level of function.
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