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Are you asking how to ambulate with a hip fracture that just occurred/not yet treated or post op hip replacement ambulation?
I just had my hip replaced this year , 1/18. Before my surgery it was very painful to walk which essentially means I was in pain 24/7. Couldn’t sleep at night either. Getting in & out of my car was so painful. 

After surgery I don’t have any of the “pre” hip pain and am able to walk now almost unassisted now in week 10.

First 2-3 weeks I used a walker to ambulate, then a cane from, hmm, I think from week 4th on? Used walker and cane and did revert back to the walker if I felt I did too much walking. My walker was my security blanket after a few weeks. 

Now I can walk essentially alone with minimal effort  but take my cane with me just in case. conclude your answer, prior to hip replacement surgery walking was very very painful, as was every hip movement. My hip was not fractured but needed replacement from arthritis, etc.

Post op - I had surgery @ 7:30am & they had me up walking at ~ 6pm the same night (2 PT people with me as I took a walk around the nurses’ station). One of the PT staff walked with my recliner behind me just in case I needed to sit fast.
I used the Walker the first 2-3 weeks post op
Cane going forward week 8 to now (week 10). orthopedic MD and his team were all great. My biggest fear now is to fall; I am being super conscious of what I am doing.

But the original pain before surgery is fixed!

If your post is asking for how walking is effected pre op, painful is the word. And there was the real risk of falling.

Post op hip replacement - takes serious time to heal ( 2-3 months plus...) but if you perform PT and keep moving it’s easier. 

Good luck!

I did go to out patient physical therapy 2 days after surgery (still do attend PT 2x/week. PT first 2 weeks were 3x/week. 

I was discharged a little over a 24 hr scheduled hospital stay. In from 5:30am on a Tuesday, discharged Wednesday afternoon about 2pm. 

Personal rant: I do think, however, that a person should be allowed to stay at least 2 nights in the hospital after hip replacement. Apparently that is not the norm. It may vary according to age. But it was made clear to me that I would be discharged from the hospital “the next day” after surgery. 

Hope this isn’t TMI. 
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My hip fractured a year ago and I had it relaced from choice. if there are no other health problems after healing and PT is followed there is no reason someone can not return to their baseline.. At 79 I am walking and driving as i was before. it just takes far longer the older you get. After surgery it is usual to have the patient walking a few steps the following day and be ready for home or rehab by day four. You will only do well if you do the work which can be tedious and uncomfortable.
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How was the fracture treated?

My mother broke the neck of her femur when she was sixty, through a heavy fall onto concrete (not osteoporosis, that is). The fracture was left to mend on its own, which confined her to bed for some weeks and prolonged the period of pain and discomfort but avoided surgery.

Twenty years later, she had the same hip replaced because of arthritic wear and tear. She was hauled out of bed and onto her feet the next day.

So... it makes a difference. What has happened?
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Leonidas, are you asking about using assistive devices post-fracture, such as a cane, walker, rollator? Or are you asking about lingering pain?

It would help if you shared your concerns in more detail.
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Follow the advice of the physical therapist. They will determine if you can eventually ambulate without a walker. Work through the exercises. Do you have any other specific question?
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