Predicting the outcome of your Total Hip Replacement
A recent systematic review looking at predictors of physical functioning after total hip arthroplasty found:
– A higher BMI is significantly negatively associated functional outcomes
– Better preoperative physical function was consistently associated with better long-term physical function
– Better mental health is associated with better functional outcomes
Exercise is a great way to achieve all three of these things – lose weight, get stronger and feel better and happier.
While this is an excellent review highlighting the important factors of what determines a fast and effective outcome, we’ve known this since 1998. In fact, it’s the foundation of our clinic. Almost 20 years ago our clinic showed that individually tailored perioperative exercise programs are not only well tolerated by patients with end-stage hip osteoarthritis, but are effective in reducing pain and improving early recovery of physical function after a hip replacement.
And we are still seeing these improvements in patients to this day.