Women and men 'tend to experience different outcomes after hip replacement'

14 November 2016

Key differences in the outcomes experienced by women and men following hip replacement surgery have been highlighted by a new study.

Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at 124 individuals before and one year after undergoing total hip arthroplasty, in order to gain insights into why gender-based differences often emerge in patients' recovery after a hip replacement.

It was shown that the biomechanical factors associated with pain and functional improvements differed between men and women. Females who reported better functional recovery saw greater abductor strength improvements and better abductor function during walking.

By contrast, these associations were not seen in men, although a few gait variables were associated with pain relief. It is hoped that the findings of this research could be used to develop gender-specific post-surgical treatment approaches.

Study senior author Dr Kharma Foucher, assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said: "The long-term goal is to see whether or not we can use this knowledge to help improve surgical planning or rehabilitation."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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