Impact sports reduce the longevity of hip replacements

Published date : 17 May 2012
Article date : 17 May 2012

Returning to impact sports such as jogging, soccer or martial arts is a goal for some patients after total hip arthroplasty, but the effect of this on longevity of the implant is poorly understood. In a review of 70 patients who had undergone total hip arthroplasty published in Clinical Orthopaedics this month, Ollivier et al have demonstrated higher hip scores, but also higher linear wear and a higher revision rate in patients undertaking impact sports compared to controls. At 15 years, survivorship was 80% (74% to 86%) in the high impact group, and 93.5% (88.2% to 97.6%) in the controls. 

Patients received the Symbios cementless HA coated stem, a cementless hydroxyapatite coated acetabular component with conventional polyethylene and a 28mm ceramic head.
Ollivier M, Frey S, Parratte S, Flecher X, Argenson JN. Does Impact Sport Activity Influence Total Hip Arthroplasty Durability? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Apr 25. [Epub ahead of print]
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