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Discussing sexual activities after total hip arthroplasty.

Authors
  • Ugwuoke, Anthony1
  • Syed, Farhan2
  • Hefny, Mamdouh3
  • Robertson, Timothy4
  • Young, Steve5
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Orthopaedic Science
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
4
Pages
595–598
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jos.2019.06.010
PMID: 31285118
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Hip pathology can affect functions including sexual activity. Sex after hip replacement (SAHR) is an important subject for patients but rarely discussed. A conversation prior to surgery can be difficult to initiate, and appropriate advice is then not given. This study has set out to find how physicians approach the subject, and how patients would the like the subject to be addressed. Thus, device a process that ensures appropriate discussions take place prior to Total Hip Replacement (THR) in all patients. Questionnaires were given to clinicians and patients. The clinicians' questionnaire asked how they dealt with the issue of SAHR. All patients below the age of 80 were asked how the issue was addressed, and how this could be improved. The aim of this study was twofold. Firstly, to address how SAHR should be approached, both by reviewing the clinicians present views and asking the patients their expectations. Secondly, to develop a process that will ensure patients' concerns are appropriately and consistently addressed prior to total hip replacement (THR). All 17 clinicians responded. None used any printed information to give to patients dealing with SAHR nor did they routinely discuss it with patients. 244/340 patients responded. Over 90% of patients wanted the surgeon to discuss sex after THR with them, and would be happy to be asked directly about the subject. Clinicians do not routinely raise the subject of SAHR with patients, who often wanted to know, but rarely asked. There is unease around the subject, and therefore there is a need to establish a process that ensures this discussion takes place prior to THR. Crown Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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