Chronic (persistent, ongoing) pain around the pelvis region is a common complaint and can be debilitating. Acute (sudden or severe) pelvic pain is normally due to a fracture caused by some kind of major impact, such as a car accident. However, older patients who have osteoporosis (weakened bones) may fracture their pelvis simply from falling. The acetabulum is cup part of the hip. An acetabular fracture is far less common than fractures of the upper femur or femoral head.
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Will I make a full recovery?
The serious nature of acetabulum fracture, coupled with the risk of complications, means you may not be able to achieve the same level of activity after surgery that you had before your injury.
Why won’t the surgeon operate immediately?
You need time to stabilise after injury and to prepare for surgery. During this time you may be placed in skeletal traction to immobilise the fracture and prevent further injury.
Why do I need a CT scan as well as an X-ray?
The pelvis is a complex structure. A CT scan allows the surgeon to see a detailed cross-section of the pelvis and enables them to plan your operation beforehand.
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