Hip Fractures pp 253-286 | Cite as

Pitfalls and Their Avoidance

  • Kenneth J. Koval
  • Joseph D. Zuckerman


Almost all patients who sustain a femoral neck fracture should have operative treatment. Nonoperative treatment of an impacted femoral neck fracture, although advocated by some, is not recommended. Peter et al. reported a fracture displacement rate of 42% in older patients treated nonoperatively after sustaining Garden type I impacted femoral neck fractures1; when the fracture resulted in retroversion of the femoral head by more than 40°, loss of reduction occurred in 100% of patients.


Femoral Neck Femoral Head Femoral Shaft Femoral Neck Fracture Intertrochanteric Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Koval
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joseph D. Zuckerman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryNYU — Hospital for Joint DiseasesUSA
  2. 2.Orthopaedic SurgeryNYU School of MedicineUSA

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