What are young patients doing after hip reconstruction?

J Arthroplasty. 2012 Sep;27(8):1518-1525.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2012.02.001. Epub 2012 Apr 17.


We assessed primary hip arthroplasty patients younger than 50 years in terms of activity and function. We hypothesized that young patients are more active than previously thought. Physician activity recommendations were compared with patient-reported participation levels in activities. Sixty-one patients (65.3%) were reached by telephone. Average age was 43.18 years; body mass index, 29.46. "Recommended activities" increased by 33%. High-Activity Arthroplasty Score and University of California at Los Angeles scores were 11.69 and 6.87, respectively. Patients were 98% satisfied with their postoperative function, and 95% would redo the procedure. Activities stopped due to fear of injury (29%), physician recommendation (26%), hip pain (14%), early fatigue (17%), and decreased interest (14%). The average period to postoperative survey administration was 30.06 months (range, 10-81 months). Postoperative recommendations for the young total hip arthroplasty patient should be a balance between joint prosthesis preservation and regular activity participation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity*