A hemipelvectomy is a high level pelvic amputation. Along with hip disarticulations, hemipelvectomies are the rarest of lower extremity amputations. The procedure involves the amputation of half of the pelvis and the leg on that side. Hemipelvectomies may be required for several reasons, including cancer, severe infection, and trauma.
Since the patient lacks both a hip and half the pelvis, they are among the most difficult amputees to fit properly. There may be issues with a lack of weight-bearing surfaces, as well as the amount of soft tissue covering these surfaces. In addition, the size and shape of the amputation site for hemipelvectomy patients tends to change more frequently than with other types of amputees.
Hemipelvectomy patients are often told that they can not be fit for prosthetics. A Step Ahead, on the other hand, has successfully fit every single hemipelvectomy case we have been presented with. Our staff has considerable expertise in rehabilitating these amputees and getting them back on their feet.