3. Hip Fracture and Hip Replacement
Hip fracture and hip replacement are surgeries that used to be seen for rehabilitation in the IRF setting – but now are most often seen in the SNF. With differing risk factors, causes, post-operative restrictions, and outcomes, patients who experience either of these surgeries depend upon the rehabilitation nurse to employ knowledge and skills to ensure their good outcomes. This chapter reviews both surgeries and their rehabilitation, with a focus on the rehabilitation nurses’ care.