Living without a hip

Posted by mary121658 @mary121658, Dec 5, 2018

Does anyone know how it is to be without a hip. I've had 4 surgeries in the past 6 months all due to infections in the artificial hip. The hip was removed and replaced with a spacer and that got infected within weeks. They removed the spacer and put antibiotic seeds in. I've been without a hip since June. I can't walk, have sex or even stand for a minute. I'm on antibiotics permanently which I believe after so much they no longer work. I don't even know how I got the first infection cuz I had the hip replacement for over a year when I woke up screaming one day. Any advice would be appreciated. Oh I don't have much luck with this kind of surgery cuz the other hip was done 3 years before the 2nd one and that leg is useless. The surgeon cut nerves and I woke up screaming and a neurologist did nerve conduction studies and found I had RSD. Very excruciating painful disease due to the mistakes made during surgery. I have drop foot and rotation up above the knee so I can't even count on that leg for help in walking. If anyone has experience with this I'd appreciate hearing from you

Hi Mary, I don't yet know how it is living without a hip, but I will soon. I had 2 rt femur fractures , got a hip years later, then a peri prosthetic femur fracture after slipping on ice. They put a plate on the side of my femur, and it failed. They did it again, and again it failed. I have just moved 800 miles from home. Duke will be pulling out everything. They will put a rod in my femur and send me home. I will be without a hip for 6(??) Months. Once they are happy with the femur healing, they will put in a new hip. I get it. Everything must go. Fist things first. No infection, blood looks good. I am super hard o this stuff. I am a metal fabricator, and am o my feet from Sun up to Sun down. My past surgeries have been done by the best in Boston. This surgery by the best at Duke in NC. I hope things are going well with you.

@rayban33

Hi Mary, I don't yet know how it is living without a hip, but I will soon. I had 2 rt femur fractures , got a hip years later, then a peri prosthetic femur fracture after slipping on ice. They put a plate on the side of my femur, and it failed. They did it again, and again it failed. I have just moved 800 miles from home. Duke will be pulling out everything. They will put a rod in my femur and send me home. I will be without a hip for 6(??) Months. Once they are happy with the femur healing, they will put in a new hip. I get it. Everything must go. Fist things first. No infection, blood looks good. I am super hard o this stuff. I am a metal fabricator, and am o my feet from Sun up to Sun down. My past surgeries have been done by the best in Boston. This surgery by the best at Duke in NC. I hope things are going well with you.

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@mary121658 Mary, I am sorry to hear all you have gone through. Did the same surgeon do both hips? That's really horrible that they both have problems. Are there any plans to do something to help relieve your pain? I really hope there are.

@rayban33 I hope things will work out well for you, living without a hip for a while. Will you need to use a wheelchair or a walker during that time? I can imagine how anxious you must be for the femur to heal so you can complete the process and have a new hip.
JK

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