Original Article

HSS Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 235-238

First online:

Functional and Emotional Results Differ After Aseptic vs Septic Revision Hip Arthroplasty

  • Friedrich BoettnerAffiliated withHospital for Special Surgery Email author 
  • , Michael B. CrossAffiliated withHospital for Special Surgery
  • , Denis NamAffiliated withHospital for Special Surgery
  • , Tobias KlutheAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedics, Münster University Hospital
  • , Miriam SchulteAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedics, Münster University Hospital
  • , Christian GoetzeAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedics, Münster University Hospital

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It is widely believed that a deep implant infection leads to poor functional and emotional outcomes following total hip arthroplasty.


The purpose of this retrospective comparative review was to determine if patients who undergo two-stage, septic revision hip arthroplasty will have decreased emotional and general health scores, in addition to decreased function, compared to the aseptic revision group.

Patients and Methods

One hundred forty-five of 195 patients who underwent aseptic total hip revision for aseptic loosening (mean follow-up = 61 months) and 45 of 73 patients who underwent two-stage, septic revision hip arthroplasty (mean follow-up = 48 months) met the inclusion criteria and had a technically successful outcome. All patients were retrospectively evaluated using Harris Hip Scores (HHS), ad hoc questions, and the SF-36 Health Survey.


The average HHS were 73.2 ± 20.5 (aseptic) and 57.4 ± 20.6 (septic). Significant differences in the SF-36 Health Survey were found between the two groups in: physical functioning (p = 0.026) and role limitations due to physical health (p = 0.004). No significant difference in SF-36 scores was seen in: Energy/Fatigue, General Health Perception, Personal or Emotional Problems, Role Limitations due to Emotional Well Being, Social Functioning, and Bodily Pain.


Two-stage, septic revision produces a poor functional outcome compared to aseptic revision; however, the overall impact of a septic revision emotionally and socially was not significantly different than patients undergoing aseptic revision.


septic aseptic revision outcomes hip arthroplasty