Alternative Outcome Measures in Young Total Hip Arthroplasty Patients: A Prospective Cohort StudyKlit J, Jacobsen S, Schmiegelow V, Sonne-Holm S, Troelsen A.
In this prospective multicentre cohort study we studied subjects younger than 60 years of age scheduled for primary total hip arthroplasty (THA). The study assessed patients’ overall satisfaction, fulfillment of preoperative expectations, the effect on socioeconomic parameters, and quality of sex-life. Questionnaires including Oxford Hip Score (OHS) and SF-36 were evaluated preoperatively and 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively. OHS and SF-36 showed significant improvements (p<0.028, Wilcoxon Signed Rank test). THA did not affect the patients’ socioeconomic status. Increased frequency of intercourse or better abilities in intercourse positions were experienced by 18 of 39 females due to reduced pain and increased range of motion. Patients sexually active before THA surgery remained active. These findings constitute important new information to young patients and surgeons during the decision making process.