Prevalence of abductor mechanism tears of the hips in patients with osteoarthritis

J Arthroplasty. 2001 Jan;16(1):121-3. doi: 10.1054/arth.2001.19158.


In a prospective study of 176 consecutive patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis, we identified 34 (20%) with degenerative pathology of the abductor mechanism. These degenerative tears were commoner in elderly women. The hip capsule usually was involved, but in 6 patients (16%), the gluteus minimus or medius tendons were involved in isolation. These abductor mechanism tears are progressive in nature and the result of degenerative processes.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / complications*
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / surgery
  • Prospective Studies
  • Tendon Injuries*