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Old 09-07-2009, 04:46 PM   #1
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Can you walk without a hip joint

I have had many hip surgerys and at this point need to have my hip replacement completly removed. I met a man who had his hip removed and after 2 years of therapy, he was able to walk again. Anyone know how possible this is?

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Re: Can you walk without a hip joint

If it's anything like they do with cats and dogs, they tie off the muscles tightly around the top of the joint and allow the muscles to calcify around the hip bone forming a false joint. They may or may not remove the top of the femur. I found this out when my cat dislocated his hip and chipped his pelvis so the hip bone would not go back in. Works well for animals but if it's done the same way for humans(vet said they did) then I don't know how well it would work but I guess it's better than a wheelchair.

Just a wild guess....real wild. Hope someone who knows for sure will respond.

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Re: Can you walk without a hip joint

It would also likely depend on how much bone was removed for the prior hip replacement surgeries. I'm guessing that range of motion and functioning would be severely limited.
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