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Return to light-impact sports after total hip arthroplasty
Arthrosc Orthop Sports Med 2021;8:32-37
Published online November 1, 2021;  https://doi.org/10.14517/aosm21003
© 2021 Korean Arthroscopy Society and Korean Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Kang Yeol Ko, Hyo Jun Lee, Hyun Bai Choi, Suenghwan Jo

Department of Orthopaedics, Chosun University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea
Correspondence to: Suenghwan Jo, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7262-710X
Department of Orthopaedics, Chosun University Hospital, 365 Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61453, Korea. Tel: +82-62-220-3147, Fax: +82-62-226-3379, E-mail: jo.suenghwan@chosun.ac.kr
Received June 23, 2021; Revised August 4, 2021; Accepted August 11, 2021.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Background: A paucity of literature exists on the patients’ ability to return to sports following total hip arthroplasty (THA). This study reports the outcomes of recreational athletes of low-impact sports who had undergone THA to determine the patients’ ability to return to sports following the surgery.
Methods: Patients who were recreational athletes of low-impact sports were identified before undergoing surgery from the institution’s THA database. The patients’ ability to return to sports was investigated at a minimum of a 2-year followup with respect to the intensity, and the time to return to sport was assessed. Additionally, the reasons for failure were assessed for patients who were unable to return to sport or preoperative intensity.
Results: This analysis included 28 patients. At a 2-year follow-up, 85.7% were able to return to low-impact sports activity. In addition, 88% of the patients initiated the sports activity within 6 months from the surgery. Of these patients, 37.5% were able to return to the preoperative level. The most common reason for not returning to sport was the patients’ concern of developing complications.
Conclusion: The majority of the patients can return to light-impact sport following surgery, but only limited patients can return to preoperative intensity. The restriction due to the patient’s or the surrounding people’s concern was the main reason for not returning to preoperative intensity.
Keywords : Light-impact sport; Return to sports; Total hip arthroplasty
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