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Type: Journal article
Title: Effect of total hip arthroplasty on recreational and sporting activity
Author: Chatterji, U.
Ashworth, M.
Lewis, P.
Dobson, P.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 2004; 74(6):446-449
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1445-1433
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Urjit Chatterji , Mark J. Ashworth , Peter L. Lewis and Peter J. Dobson
Abstract: Background: Common concerns of patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty are whether they can continue with certain recreational and sporting activities or even commence new ones after the procedure. The present paper describes preoperative and postoperative activities, the numbers participating and the time to resume these activities. Methods: Between 1 and 2 years after total hip arthroplasty, 216 patients, who had undergone a total of 235 arthroplasties, were surveyed by postal questionnaire to ascertain how the arthroplasty had affected their recreational and sporting ability. Their preoperative and postoperative activity along with the time to resume was recorded. A general hip score and estimate of physical activity was also collected. Results: The number of patients participating in sport increased from 188 preoperatively to 196 postoperatively. Patients stated that the surgery had a beneficial effect on their performance of sporting activities although the number of sporting events decreased. By multiplying individuals by the number of sports they participated in, there were 434 occurrences of sport preoperatively giving a mean for the group of 1.9 sports per patient. Postoperatively this had reduced to 382, giving a mean of 1.7. Five sports showed a significant change for individual patients from pre to postoperation. Those which showed an increase were exercise walking, where 38 patients (16.8%) who did not walk before surgery took up walking afterwards (P < 0.0001) and aqua aerobics, where 15 took up this activity postoperatively for the first time (P = 0.002). There were three sports which decreased significantly from pre to postoperation. They were, golf where 13 out of 39 (P = 0.005), tennis 13 out of 14 (P = 0.01) and jogging where six out of seven (P = 0.01) patients stopped participating. Conclusion: This study has shown that patients are adopting lower impact activities to participate in after total hip arthroplasty. The total number of patients performing a sport increases postoperatively but the total amount of sport played decreases. These data will help to counsel patients.
Keywords: hip arthroplasty; recreation; rehabilitation; sport
Description: Journal compilation © 2004 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
RMID: 0020091963
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-1433.2004.03028.x
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