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How long does a hip surgery operation last?

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Surgery for a hip fracture can take less than an hour or up to four hours, depending on the type of surgery performed, according to MedlinePlus. Hip surgeries are performed to repair damage and relieve pain caused by arthritis or fracture.

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Hip fracture surgeries targeting the neck of the femur are called hip pinning operations, and last between two and four hours, according to MedlinePlus. Operations repairing a fracture below the neck of the femur last less than an hour. A traditional hip replacement surgery takes one to two hours. Recovery time consists of three to five days in the hospital followed by four to six weeks with a walking aid. Most patients are able to resume normal activities after two to three months.

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