Physical activity 'does not necessarily improve after hip replacement'

25 October 2016

People undergoing a hip replacement operation may not necessarily see an improvement in their physical activity level after surgery.

This is according to a new study from the University of East Anglia, which looked at data from around 1,030 patients who had received hip replacements to compare pre- and postoperative measures of physical activity.

To the team's surprise, no clear evidence of a change in physical activity following surgery was observed when tracking key indicators such as whether patients were walking longer distances, walking more quickly, cycling and climbing stairs.

It suggests that more needs to be done to address patient perceptions of physical activity to increase their engagement in physical activity after surgery in a more proactive way.

Study leader Tom Withers from the University of East Anglia's school of health sciences said: "The benefits of regular physical activity following a hip replacement are well known, so this research is important for healthcare professionals because it suggests that patients need to be encouraged to be more physically active."

Total hip replacement is one of the most common elective operations in the UK, with more than 620,000 procedures performed between 2003 and 2013.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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