Hip Fracture

This information is useful for children and adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine is a national leader in developing new and better approaches for treating hip fracture and, with Yale New Haven Hospital, has the only dedicated geriatric hip fracture service in the U.S.
  • Our orthopedic specialists are dedicated not just to providing quality care but to improving how hip fractures are treated overall, for patients everywhere.
  • Patients with traumatic hip fractures are often transferred to Yale because of our high quality care.

A hip fracture is a more complicated medical problem than many people realize. Yes, it’s a broken bone in the hip joint, but geriatric (or osteoporotic) hip fracture is frequently the harbinger of a host of serious and often life-threatening issues among the elderly. And the far-less-common type of hip fracture that tends to affect young people, usually caused by a high-impact trauma, typically comes with multiple other broken bones and injuries. Fortunately, Yale Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation excels at treating both categories of hip fractures.

The root cause of the vast majority of hip fractures is low bone density, usually related to aging (although it can also be a result of other medical conditions, such as an eating disorder). According to Michael Baumgaertner, MD, director of Yale Medicine’s Orthopaedic Trauma Service, this kind of hip fracture affects the ball (most common) and/or, less frequently, the socket part of the hip joint. About 250,000 adults (three-quarters female, as osteoporosis is more common in women) over 65 years old in the United States have this type of hip fracture each year. Yale New Haven Hospital alone treats between 400 and 500 geriatric hip fractures each year.