The Influence of Leg Length Discrepancy after Total Hip Arthroplasty on Function and Quality of Life: A Prospective Cohort Study
2015 (English)In: The Journal of Arthroplasty, ISSN 0883-5403, E-ISSN 1532-8406, Vol. 30, no 9, 1638-1642 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We investigated whether patients with lengthening (> 9 mm), restoration (between 9 mm lengthening and 5 mm shortening) or shortening (> 5 mm) of the operated leg after total hip arthroplasty (THA) had different function (WOMAC score), quality of life (EQ-5D), residual hip pain, use of shoe lift and walking aid and leg length discrepancy (LLD) awareness, 12-15 months postoperatively. All patients had a significant postoperative improvement in WOMAC and EQ-5D regardless the LLD. However, the lengthening group showed less improvement in WOMAC, more use of shoe lift, residual hip pain and LLD awareness compared with the other two groups. No differences in EQ-5D were found. In spite of the improvement in function and quality of life, lengthening had adverse effects and should therefore be avoided.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 30, no 9, 1638-1642 p.
total hip arthroplasty, leg length discrepancy, WOMAC, quality of life, complication
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112016DOI: 10.1016/j.arth.2015.04.012ISI: 000363948900031PubMedID: 25922312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-112016DiVA: diva2:875070