If you have suffered a hip fracture from a fall in a Kentucky hospital, and you have gone through surgery and the subsequent rehabilitation, you know what it means to persevere. The surgery may be relatively simple, but recovery, therapy, and—indeed—survival take courage, determination, and time.

Possible Complications After Surgery

According to A Place for Mom, about 25 percent of people who suffer hip fractures die within a year. Complications after surgery can include:

  • Blood clots;
  • Infection;
  • Pneumonia;
  • A prosthesis (in a partial hip replacement) that becomes dislocated before stabilizing; and
  • A hip screw or nail that pulls out of a fragile bone.

If a patient has another serious medical condition, he or she is increasingly at risk of dying from post-surgical complications.

Recovery

The typical hospital stay for a patient undergoing hip surgery is a minimum of four to seven days. Once a patient leaves the hospital, they may have one of the following options, depending on their insurance, age, and medical complications:

  • They may live in an acute rehabilitation center, receiving a minimum of three hours of physical and occupational therapy daily.
  • They may live in a skilled nursing facility for sub-acute rehabilitation, receiving a minimum of 30 minutes of therapy daily.
  • They may go home, receiving in-home assisted care and therapy.
  • They may go home, receiving out-patient therapy in a hospital or private practice facility.

Recovery from hip surgery can be long and complicated. If someone you love has had a fall in a Kentucky nursing home or hospital and suffered a hip fracture, contact the Louisville personal injury lawyers at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 and set up a FREE, no-obligation, confidential consultation.

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