The hip joint is comprised of two parts: a ball on the upper end of the thigh bone (femur), and a cartilage lined socket in the pelvis known as the acetabulum.

Acetabular (hip socket) fractures are orthopedic injuries, usually resulting from high-velocity impact trauma, such as falls, and automobile or motorcycle accidents. Acetabular fractures typically cause pain in the hip area, but may also cause pain in the groin and leg.

There are a variety of surgical options for acetabular fractures based on the patient and the extent of their specific injury. Displaced or unstable acetabular fractures can be treated with acetabular fracture surgery. During this surgery, the displaced joint is realigned and stabilized. Fracture realignment results in improved bone and cartilage healing. These fractures are often complex because the bone is in close relation to blood vessels, the sciatic nerve, the intestines, and the bladder.

Acetabular hip fractures can affect individuals of all ages, and are among the most complex injuries treated by orthopedic surgeons. Surgery is usually required to achieve optimal results and ensure that the patient regains close to normal hip function.

Advanced orthopedic treatments offered at Los Robles Regional Medical Center:

  • Acetabular fractures
  • Complex pelvic fractures
  • Multi and Complex extremity fractures
  • Periarticular fractures

For more information, or to find an orthopedic surgeon, please call our physician referral line at (877) 888-5746.