Hemipelvectomy is an amputation procedure that involves removing half of the pelvis and the leg on the same side. It is a rare type of lower extremity amputation, usually performed in cases of cancer, severe infection, or trauma. Hemipelvectomies and hip disarticulations are the rarest of all lower extremity amputations.
Patients who undergo hemipelvectomy face unique challenges in terms of prosthetic fitting. They lack a hip and half of the pelvis, which results in an absence of weight-bearing surfaces and a varying amount of soft tissue covering these surfaces. Moreover, the size and shape of the amputation site may frequently change, making it difficult to fit prosthetics.
Despite being told they cannot be fit for prosthetics, A Step Ahead has successfully fit every hemipelvectomy case presented to us. Our staff has considerable expertise in rehabilitating these patients and helping them achieve any tasks they set their mind to.