Understanding How the Hip Works
To understand hip fracture surgery, it helps to first understand how the hip works. The hip joint is called a ball-and-socket joint, where the head of your femur bone nestles in your hip socket to provide range of motion. A hip fracture involving the femoral neck refers to a break that happens to the femur directly below the head. A hip fracture can also involve the upper part of the femur bone, in the region below the femoral neck, and is called an intertrochanteric fracture.