Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for a hip fracture. Ms. Gabor, 93, who suffered a stroke in 2005 and was partially paralyzed in an automobile accident in 2002, was reaching over to answer the phone when she fell an sustained the injury. She will have to undergo surgery tomorrow to repair it. The Hungarian- American actress, socialite and beauty queen, appeared in films in the 1950’s, as well as TV specials and game shows. She has been divorced 7 times, and is famously quoted as saying: “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”
* Femoral neck fracture – the break occurs in the femur neck, below the ball of the hip joint. Partial hip replacement surgery (hemiarthroplasty) or total hip replacement is required and is determined by the individual’s overall health and current health conditions.
* Intertrochanteric region fracture – the break occurs below the femur neck, and hip replacement is not required. The bone is repaired through a series of screws and plates placed along the femur.
How big is the problem?
According to the CDC:
What outcomes are linked to hip fractures?
Who is at risk?
Osteoporosis is one of the most common causes of hip fractures in the elderly because it results in the decrease of bone density, impacting the overall strength of the bones. As bone strength decreases and the risk of falling increases with age, the result is an increase of fracture – most commonly seen in the spine, wrist or hip. The issue of osteoporosis and fractures is an important one, and deserves it’s own blog entry. Stay tuned this week.