International Orthopaedics October 2011, Volume 35, Issue 10, pp 1467–1470

Socio-economic impact of Birmingham hip resurfacing on patient employment after ten years

Malek, I.A., Hashmi, M. & Holland, J.P.

Birmingham hip resurfacing is an attractive option for treatment of arthritis in young and active patients. The aim of this study was to assess the socio-economic impact of Birmingham hip resurfacing on their employment and work intensity at ten years. A cohort of 90 consecutive patients with 100 Birmingham hip resurfacing, performed by single surgeon, were reviewed prospectively. The mean age was 51 years at surgery. Prospective review was undertaken from surgery until the tenth post-operative year. Overall, 90% of patients were in the same employment following surgery. Two patients who were employed before surgery were unemployed. Three patients had to decrease their work intensity but were still employed. Three out of five disabled patients regained employment following surgery. Seventy-eight patients were able to continue their employment with no or minimal restriction. Birmingham hip resurfacing allows the majority of patients to continue their same employment at similar intensity ten years following surgery.

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