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J Arthroplasty. 2011 Feb;26(2):209-13. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2010.03.013. Epub 2010 May 11.

Predicting dissatisfaction after total hip arthroplasty: a study of 850 patients.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.


We conducted a prospective cohort study investigating the rate and predictors of dissatisfaction among patients after primary total hip arthroplasty (THA). Eight hundred fifty patients were assessed preoperatively and 1 year postoperatively using Patient Reported Outcome Measures. There was a 7% rate of dissatisfaction after THA. After univariate analysis, depression, preoperative Short Form 12 mental component score, and symptomatic arthritis of another major joint predicted dissatisfaction at 1 year, but after multivariate analysis, only symptomatic arthritis in another major joint was significant. The development of a major complication did not predict dissatisfaction. Satisfaction also correlates strongly with postoperative functional scores, relief of pain, restoration of function, and success in meeting patient expectations. Pain relief and expectation management are critical in maximizing patient satisfaction after THA.

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