Your mother's orthopedic surgeon will help you with this decision. It depends on the type of fracture and condition of the bone. Some areas of the bone have less blood supply and won't heal easily. Thin or osteoporotic bone may not heal either. A pin or plate to hold
the bone until the fracture heals may not work.
An X-ray will show the doctor if the hip joint is stable. The key is to see if the head of the femur (thigh bone) is secure inside the hip socket. If it isn't, then the joint is considered unstable. There's a much greater chance for a poor result pinning an
unstable joint. In such cases hip joint replacement is needed.