The elderly patient often comes with comorbidities. The most common is osteoporosis.
After surgery, the outcomes of greatest concern are:
Mortality generally occurs within the first six months after fracture; studies have shown that these rates range from 12–37%.
Predictors of higher mortality rates are patients who are:
In most patients (60%), the postoperative level of walking is decreased by one degree. Only 10–20% of, usually physically fit, patients regain their former function.
Besides mortality, the ability to return home is also an important outcome for patients with hip fractures. Studies have shown that as few as 50% of patients were able to return home and that mortality rates are lower in those who return home compared with rates in those transferred to nursing homes or rehabilitation centers.
Predictors of returning home include: