It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Knee & Hip Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-27-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: IL, USA
Posts: 4
crewpert5555 HB User
Walking without a hip

The doctor says it's possible to walk without a hip in there. Not sure how, would like to hear from people who do it or know someone that does. Right now all the encouragement I can get would be great. Just found out 2 weeks ago that doctor can't put a hip back in because of the infection that is on-going. Thanks for any help.

 
Old 07-27-2011, 09:17 PM   #2
Facilitator
(female)
 
SpineAZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,097
SpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

Sorry, haven't heard of this. Ask if you can speak to a physical therapist about how they'd get you to walk again. I have a friend not replacing his shoulder again, but that of course is not weight bearing.
__________________
Rt&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 07-27-2011, 11:34 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: B.C. Canada
Posts: 724
james079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

Could you explain more fully.
James

 
Old 07-28-2011, 10:12 AM   #4
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: IL, USA
Posts: 4
crewpert5555 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

He will never be able to have another artificial hip put back in...that means there will be nothing attaching his leg to the hip area.

 
Old 07-28-2011, 10:39 AM   #5
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 9,381
Blog Entries: 32
janewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

Well, the question is, why can't they?

Normally, they remove the infected implant, wait about 6 weeks to let the infection clear, then replace the implant with a fresh one, possibly one soaked in antibiotics.

Is it impossible because the infection is too severe? Because there has been too much bone loss to attach a new implant? Does the patient have diabetes or another condition that's interfering with healing?

Sometimes, instead of putting in a new implant, they fuse the hip joint. This is called arthrodesis. It is rarely done these days, but it is an option for failed replacement surgery.

 
Old 07-28-2011, 03:28 PM   #6
Facilitator
(female)
 
SpineAZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,097
SpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

My friend who is not having a new shoulder has had 3 life threatening infections with 2 shoulder replacements so he's chosen to live without.
__________________
Rt&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08

 
Old 07-28-2011, 07:06 PM   #7
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: IL, USA
Posts: 4
crewpert5555 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

It has alot to do with the infection being there for so long and now the tissue, muscles & femur bone has suffered. There has been 3 times when the doctor had to remove part of the femur bone because it was dying. The infection is in the bone and he will be on antibiotics for the rest of his life just to keep the infection in check.

 
Old 07-28-2011, 09:25 PM   #8
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 9,381
Blog Entries: 32
janewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

I see. If he's lost that much bone, I doubt fusion is an option for him, then.

I did some research, found mention of people walking without a hip, but it did not explain HOW. Possibly there's a brace or support involved?

 
Old 07-28-2011, 09:29 PM   #9
Facilitator
(female)
 
SpineAZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,097
SpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB UserSpineAZ HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

I've been curious and searching for information myself but it's amazing what I can't find! Nothing thus far. The only way to know is have a surgeon explain the option and how functioning and walking continues.
__________________
Rt&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08

 
Old 07-28-2011, 11:07 PM   #10
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: B.C. Canada
Posts: 724
james079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

Quote:
Originally Posted by janewhite1 View Post
I see. If he's lost that much bone, I doubt fusion is an option for him, then.

I did some research, found mention of people walking without a hip, but it did not explain HOW. Possibly there's a brace or support involved?
I can remember when I was young something about children and young adults getting hip infections from having injections for scarlet fever or perhaps some other childhood disease. They developed a pseudo arthrosis of the hip, a false joint I suppose. I believe the patients had little pain but had considerable limitation of movement, a raised heel would compensate for lack of length of the femur.
James

 
Old 07-31-2011, 07:16 PM   #11
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: IL, USA
Posts: 4
crewpert5555 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

It doesn't sound like there would be any kind of fusion that could be done. The doctor says that scar tissue will build up and he will have to buy a shoe with a lift to help the loss of the length in that leg. What worries me is that there is nothing that attaches the leg to the pelvic area so the leg will have no control...it will sort of be a floppy limb. Thanks for the comments and the research...keep them coming....I'll keep you updated

 
Old 08-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #12
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: B.C. Canada
Posts: 724
james079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB Userjames079 HB User
Re: Walking without a hip

Quote:
Originally Posted by crewpert5555 View Post
It doesn't sound like there would be any kind of fusion that could be done. The doctor says that scar tissue will build up and he will have to buy a shoe with a lift to help the loss of the length in that leg. What worries me is that there is nothing that attaches the leg to the pelvic area so the leg will have no control...it will sort of be a floppy limb. Thanks for the comments and the research...keep them coming....I'll keep you updated
All the ligaments and muscles are still present that holds the femur in place. The upper femur fits into socket but most likely with little joint capsule left there is deminished pain, but of course much restricted movement. As I said previously like a pseudo joint. The shortened leg can be accommodated by a raised shoe as the doc said.
James

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
post op walking gaynor40 Knee & Hip Problems 1 08-15-2010 10:14 AM
still having some problems walking sharonbgif Knee & Hip Problems 6 08-12-2010 06:12 PM
Post-knee surgery walking rajtp Knee & Hip Problems 2 06-11-2010 09:12 AM
what can i do for pain behind my knee i do lots of walking and standing marlenewiz Knee & Hip Problems 1 05-08-2010 02:13 PM
Still Not Walking Good After TKR CharBerry Knee & Hip Problems 17 12-19-2009 08:59 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



SweetPeainSF (48), janewhite1 (47), Silver Swan (31), jennybyc (26), SpineAZ (24), Grumpyathome (21), james079 (20), ldy12 (19), glennxyz (17), tiredbeinsick (17)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1005), Apollo123 (906), Titchou (850), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (759), ladybud (755), midwest1 (669), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:07 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!