Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 124, Issue 5, pp 334–340 | Cite as

Morbidity and mortality after hip fracture: the impact of operative delay

  • Michael GdalevichEmail author
  • Dani Cohen
  • Dina Yosef
  • Chanan Tauber
Original Article



The relationship between the timing of surgery after hip fracture and the subsequent survival of the patient has been studied extensively, yet still remains a controversy. This study aims to assess the impact of operative delay on the 1-year survival of patients and on the rate of complications during the postoperative hospital stay.

Materials and methods

Medical and demographic data were extracted from the hospital records of 651 consecutive hip fracture patients over 60 years old. Information on mortality was obtained by cross-linkage with the Department of Interior population files. The multivariate survival analysis model was utilized to assess the association between the time from fracture incident to surgery and the outcome (1-year survival and postoperative complications).


The hazard ratio (HR) of 1-year mortality for postponing surgery beyond 48 h was 1.63 (95%CI 1.11–2.40), as derived by the Cox proportional hazards model. Other variables found to be independently associated with decreased survival are: male gender (HR=1.54), mental deterioration (HR=2.94), postoperative mobility (HR=2.45), and severity of pre-existing diseases (HR=1.96). Occurrence of general complications during the postoperative hospital stay was a significant predictor of decreased 1-year survival (HR=1.83).


These findings suggest that early (within 48 h) surgical treatment of hip fractures is associated with improved 1-year survival.


Hip fracture One-year survival Operative delay 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Gdalevich
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  • Dani Cohen
    • 2
  • Dina Yosef
    • 3
  • Chanan Tauber
    • 3
  1. 1.Ashkelon District Health OfficeBarzilai Medical CenterAshkelonIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Sackler Medical SchoolTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Department of OrthopedicsKaplan Medical CenterRehovotIsrael
  4. 4.RehovotIsrael

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