Hip and knee replacement improve sexual activity

19 March 2013

Hip and knee replacement surgery has been found to improve sexual function among patients.

Researchers found that total hip (THR) or total knee (TKR) replacement surgery improved sexual activity in 90 per cent of patients.

Scientists asked 147 patients under the age of 70 awaiting surgery to complete a questionnaire. A follow up survey was conducted six months after THR or TKR and a year post-surgery.

Prior to THR or TKR 67 per cent of patients reported physical problems with sexual activity, including pain (67 per cent), stiffness (36 per cent), reduced libido (49 per cent) and inability to attain a proper position (14 per cent).

An upsetting 53 per cent also reported a diminished sexual self-image as a result of their condition.

However, following surgery, 42 per cent of patients reported an improved libido, while 41 per cent enjoyed a longer duration of intercourse. A further 41 per cent increased their intercourse frequency, while 84 per cent reported improvement in their general well-being.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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