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Walking without a hip joint

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Hello @dzoneill, and welcome to Connect.

Would you mind telling us a bit more about your question? We have a lot of members who have discussed having hip issues or replacements, but I have not come across the question regarding lack of a hip joint. Is this from an injury, surgery, or other medical issue?

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Welcome to Connect, @hipless.

I'm confident that @lynzze @froggy1 @dzoneill and others in this incredible group will return to share their experiences; in the meantime could you share a bit more about yourself? Did injury, surgery, or some other medical issue cause this? We look forward to getting to know you.

I'm not sure if this message is for me. I have not had a hip for almost 13 months now. I've been too scared to try another surgery. But I have had a recent "come to Jesus moment" when I realized that I cannot live the rest of my life without a hip. My old back and neck problems have resurfaced and if I don't do something soon I'll be on my back for the rest of my life. Not fun. So I went to see the surgeon who removed the final hip (he is not the surgeon who did the first 3 surgeries!). I really like and trust this man with my life and it just so happens that he did his residency at the Mayo Clinic. He's in Seattle now and I am starting the pre op testing ( blood tests and removing fluid from the side with no joint).These tests will determine what to do next ( if he finds staph in the fluid I'll have to start oral antibiotics right away) and he'll be deciding if he needs to do a 2 stage or if he can just go for it all at the same time. I'm extremely frightened and will be praying that everything goes perfect. The surgeon's name is Dr. Adam Sassoon and I like and trust him because he looks me right in the eye when he talks to me, which, to me means he's listening to me. And he's a man of his word. If he says he's going to come see you everyday in the hospital, he will do just that and I know this from experience. I'll keep this forum updated on my progress towards surgery #5, in case anyone cares…..

Thanks for responding to my tag, @froggy1. I'm certain @hipless will appreciate your insights, too.

Hello, First thank you for responding to me also i hope to make many friends. My situation started in 2008 i slipped and fell on ice and shattered my hip. Since then i had a total hip replacement and then in 2010 i had have revision and 201 another revision the hips kept falling apart so the one in 2011 the doctor put in a cup cage to hold the hip and June 2017 i told the doctor my hjp was hurting. He basically said because i had a sore on my loer leg he couldnt do anything. . Well i was put on no weight on my leg. In In September October November and December i had a lump on my side the doctor said it was my pelvis from sitting. Well it wasnt my pelvis. I finally was takin into surgery in January 2018 because my leg blew up swollen. Well the lump was a giant infection and they removed all my hardwear. Now its been 4 months and they still couldn't figure out what kind of infection it was. I did IV Antibiotics for 10 weeks then oral antibiotics. Im still on them . im wondering if anybody without a hip can do stairs? Up or down?? ]lease help me i cant do them. I use a walker to get around. Thanks 4 listening

@hipless there is possibility that you will be able to do stairs however unless you have a lot of upper body strength and can hold you weight to advance to the next step it will probably be 6 months to a year before you can bear weight on it. Some people never can. I was lucky enough to be able to and in fact i walked on my no hip leg at about 1 yr post op. I also lost my hip to infection..actually 5 times. My story is very rare though. My body just rejected every one. I hope and pray you are able to get another hip and keep it. If you have any questions let me know…unfortunately have been through it enough to be an expert lol

@froggy1 I hope and pray your next surgery goes as planned! Time is on your side because you have left it out for a year +. I had 5 total hips and can completely relate.

I too do not have a hip. I can climb stairs using a cane and rail (up and down). I can also climb using a regular walker if needed. Hopefully you are going to therapy so they can help you with exercises to build your strength. The therapist I went to was great. When I started I was in a wheelchair. When finished I could walk using a walker and I could walk using a cane for short distances. I use a four wheel walker when out shopping. Just maintain a positive outlook and tell your therapist your goal is to walk, climb stairs, etc. My doctor did not know if I would be able to walk because they had to remove so much bone and take part of my pelvis. Loved it when I proved to him I could. Good Luck. Let me know if you have any questions.

To whom it may concern: It has been brought to my attention that by me encouraging others and having an amputation that I may be making staph infection look like a walk in the park or that I was hiding my outcome. After 5 THR failing due to infection I ELECTED to have an amputation. I did not have an amputation because the doctor said it was my only option….I did it because I was never going to have a chance at another THR and at 35 I wanted more options, so by having the amputation I will hopefully have good luck with a prosthetic leg. I was on here simply to encourage others to keep fighting, not because I think numerous surgeries are the way to go. Anyways I really hope you all do well. Again I am sorry for offending anyone

Had to take out hip replacement because I obtained pseudomus infection and a massive blood clot at the surgery site had to be in hospital 6 weeks, 4 surgerys, 8 pints of blood, took out hip replacement and put in a spacer walking is getting harder and when I tryto exercise it makes it worse not sure what to do