[Proximal femoral fractures in the elderly].

Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie : Organ der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie

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Neuerburg C, Gosch M, Böcker W, Blauth M, Kammerlander C. [Proximal femoral fractures in the elderly]. Z Gerontol Geriatr. 2015;.
Proximal femoral fractures represent an increasing major healthcare problem due to the demographic changes in this aging population and are associated with the highest mortality among fractures in elderly patients after suffering insufficiency injuries (so-called fragility fractures). The main aim in the treatment of orthogeriatric patients who suffered from a proximal femoral fracture is the preservation of function and independency. Given the high prevalence of comorbidities in these patients, interdisciplinary and interprofessional approaches are required. The use of modern osteosynthesis procedures can provide an improved, individualized surgical treatment with early full weight bearing of the affected extremity. Another aspect is the accompanying geriatric treatment which is associated with a significant reduction of perioperative and postoperative complications. In addition to acute treatment, the organization of secondary fracture prevention is a crucial pillar of treatment. This article provides an overview of the essential elements of orthogeriatric trauma surgery in elderly patients following proximal femoral fractures.