Ming Li, Zhenglin Di, Leling Feng

Department of Joint Surgery, Ningbo No. 6 Hospital, Ningbo, China

Keywords: Amputation, patient compliance, recurrent dislocation, thrombosis, total hip arthroplasty


Amputation secondary to vascular complications of recurrent dislocations after total hip arthroplasty (THA) is an extremely rare. We describe an unusual case of above-knee amputation resulting from vascular complications after recurrent dislocations of a THA. A 63-year-old male patient with walking pain and limp has a history of acetabular fracture and central dislocation of the femoral head. He was diagnosed as post-traumatic arthritis and subluxation of the femoral head and suffered from four similar dislocations in 210 days after the THA. The patient received conservative treatment after every hip dislocation. However, four months after the fourth reduction, the emergent femoral artery and popliteal artery exploration and catheter thrombectomy were performed at another hospital. An ipsilateral above-knee amputation was done after sepsis and failure of the revascularization procedure. Clinicians should be cognizant that above-knee amputation resulting from vascular complications after recurrent dislocations of a THA may occur. The lack of adherence to critical treatment may have led to the severe outcome of amputation. In conclusion, patient education and compliance are essential for both the treatment of hip dislocations and arterial occlusion. More active and effective measures should be used to prevent such catastrophic events.

Citation: Li M, Di Z, Feng L. Ipsilateral above-knee amputation in patient with recurrent dislocation after total hip arthroplasty: A case report. Jt Dis Relat Surg 2024;35(2):433-438. doi: 10.52312/ jdrs.2024.1419.

Author Contributions

Were responsible for performing the total hip arthroplasty operation. They also played a pivotal role in drafting the initial manuscript: M.L., Z.D.; Contributed significantly to data collection and assisted in manuscript preparation: L.F., Z.D.; Critically revised the manuscript for important intellectual content: M.L., L.F. All authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

Financial Disclosure

The authors received no financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article.


The authors thank all contributors for the substantial information that was compiled in previously published papers in the same or similar fields as cited in this manuscript, as these provided important help in preparing this manuscript.

Data Sharing Statement

The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.